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CAAMFest2018

Special Presentations

Celebrating CAAMFest’s 36th anniversary, this year’s Special Presentations feature a diverse and timely lineup of local and international spotlights: a Pacific Islander showcase, a celebration of legendary actress Pei-Pei Cheng’s career, an exploration into Asian Americans in the South, and a poignant showcase of Muslim youth voices.


  1. Come Drink With Me

    King Hu / Special Presentations / Hong Kong / 1966 / 90 mins
    In the film that revolutionized the wuxia genre, a gang of bandits battle against a mysterious swordswoman, Golden Swallow, while a drunken master combats his long time foe. With poisoned darts and slicing bloodshed, COME DRINK WITH ME set the stage for the dance-like martial arts choreography we know today.
    Come Drink With Me

    AMC Kabuki 8
    May 14, 2018 9:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  2. Golden Swallow

    Chang Cheh / Special Presentations / Hong Kong / 1968 / 104 mins
    Continuing the saga of Golden Swallow from COME DRINK WITH ME, Chang Cheh centers this sequel upon a love triangle with a cutthroat philosophical dilemma. As Golden Swallow trains peacefully with Iron Whip, her old beau, Silver Roc, impersonates her while killing evil gangsters to get her attention.
    Golden Swallow

    AMC Kabuki 8
    May 15, 2018 9:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  3. Island Soldier

    Nathan Fitch / Special Presentations / Micronesia / 2017 / 82 mins
    Warriors for a country that isn’t theirs, soldiers from the Micronesian island of Kosrae lay down their lives for the U.S. military without the benefits of citizenship. Honest and touching, the film tells the story of a community ripped apart by the loss of its members and the people healing it.

    Preceded by: Lady Eva

    Island Soldier

    AMC Kabuki 8
    May 11, 2018 5:20 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  4. Meditation Park

    Mina Shum / Special Presentations / Canada / 2017 / Narrative / 94 mins
    When Maria finds out her husband has been having an affair, she breaks out of her shell, making friends with the local park ladies and silent disco dancing on the grass. MEDITATION PARK, is a light-hearted film filled with humor, self-love, and liberation, starring the legendary Pei-Pei Cheng (CAAMFest 2018’s Spotlight Honoree), Sandra Oh, and Tzi Ma.
    Meditation Park

    AMC Kabuki 8
    May 15, 2018 6:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  5. Memories to Light: Asian American Home Movies

    Special Presentations / 17 mins
    We are excited to present a program of short films by three talented local media makers, each showcasing a unique approach to using the home movie footage digitized for CAAM’s Memories to Light: Asian American home movies project.
    Memories to Light 3.0

    AMC Kabuki 8
    May 15, 2018 7:10 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  6. Muslim Youth Voices 3.0

    Special Presentations / 120 mins
    The Muslim Youth Voices Project is a national initiative of the Center for Asian American Media and funded by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art’s Building Bridges Program. Through three summers of workshops, CAAM amplified young people’s expression and celebration of Muslim life by giving them the essential tools to tell their own stories on their own terms. We are thrilled to present the world premiere of short films by produced by youth from Plano, Texas, and Portland, Oregon, from our 2017 summer workshop, our culminating year of the program.
    Muslim Youth Voices 3.0

    New People Cinema
    May 13, 2018 12:00 pm Free


  7. Out of State

    Ciara Lacy / Special Presentations / USA / 2018 / Culture, Documentary / 82 mins
    Trapped in an endless cycle of hardship, Native Hawaiians struggle to find their place after incarceration. The lives of two former inmates move in different directions as one deals with unemployment and the other finds love. Prison is the past, but can these two survive without being sent back?

    Preceded by: I Am Because You Are

    Out of State

    AMC Kabuki 8
    May 13, 2018 3:10 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  8. Pacific Gateway: Angel Island VR

    Special Presentations / 90 mins
    Journey across the bay to Angel Island in this fully immersive virtual reality experience, exploring the poignant stories carved into the walls by Chinese immigrants detained for years on the “Ellis Island of the West.” In her first foray into this new digital medium, veteran filmmaker Felicia Lowe uses the historic Angel Island Immigration Station to shine light on a dark part of America’s past.
    Pacific Gateway: Angel Island VR

    41 Ross
    May 16, 2018 11:00 am Free