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140 LBS: HOW BEAUTY KILLED MY MOTHER

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140 LBS: HOW BEAUTY KILLED MY MOTHER

Award-winning playwright and activist Susan Lieu brings to light the tragic story of her mother’s unexpected death. Sifting…

ABOUT A SHORT FILM

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ABOUT A SHORT FILM

Directed by Kevin Yee
A gay Asian musical-comedian from Canada gets super meta in this short film about – wait for it…

ALL IN MY FAMILY

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ALL IN MY FAMILY

Directed by Hao Wu
All in My Family tells a heartfelt, cross-cultural autobiographical story of Chinese-born filmmaker Hao Wu, who creates a…
Documentaries

ALTERNATIVE FACTS: THE LIES OF EXECUTIVE ORDER 9066

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ALTERNATIVE FACTS: THE LIES OF EXECUTIVE ORDER 9066

Directed by Jon Osaki, Megumi Nishikura
ALTERNATIVE FACTS highlights the racism and political maneuvering behind Executive Order 9066 that led to the World War…
COMCAST Narratives

BABYSPLITTERS

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BABYSPLITTERS

Directed by Sam Friedlander
BABYSPLITTERS takes the sharing economy to its conceptual extreme - literally. Danny Pudi and Emily Chang undergo hilarious…

BARAHA

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BARAHA

Directed by Gretchen Carvajal, Violet Wang
Baraha is a visual chapbook that combines visual storytelling and poetry to uncover the layered identities of a…

BED & BREAKFAST

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BED & BREAKFAST

Directed by Anna Mikami
Words are not needed when two couples have a run-in at a bed and breakfast inn, and glances…
Documentaries

BEI BEI

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BEI BEI

Directed by Marion Lipschutz, Rose Rosenblatt
Inside the criminal defense of Bei Bei Shuai, an Indiana resident charged with murder after attempting suicide while…

BUFFALO NICKEL

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BUFFALO NICKEL

Directed by Youthana Yuos
A bored and lonely Indian American woman unwittingly calls upon the powers of a Social Media Influencer who…

CHERRY

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CHERRY

Directed by Eugene Kim
When a down-on-his-luck former R&B singer discovers his car has been towed and a girl’s number missing, he…
Galas

CHINATOWN RISING

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CHINATOWN RISING

Directed by Harry Chuck, Josh Chuck
CHINATOWN RISING, directed by Bay Area natives Harry and Josh Chuck, is a love letter to San Francisco’s…

COMING HOME: The 990 Pacific Relocation Story

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COMING HOME: The 990 Pacific Relocation Story

Directed by Emma Marie Chiang
COMING HOME: The 990 Pacific Relocation Story shares how one nonprofit, Chinatown Community Development Center, transitioned a building…

CONTINUUM

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CONTINUUM

Directed by Justin Chien, Ryan Alexander Huang
On the night his daughter is killed in an accident, an estranged father attempts to save her life…

CONTOURS

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CONTOURS

Directed by Javian Ashton Le
Existing between her parents' unfamiliar heritage and the norms of Western society, a teenage girl’s refuge in a…

DÉTOURNING ASIA/AMERICA WITH VALERIE SOE

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DÉTOURNING ASIA/AMERICA WITH VALERIE SOE

Directed by MILA ZUO
A visual discussion between filmmakers Valerie Soe and Mila Zuo, exploring contemporary topics related to race, feminism, art,…

DOWN ON THE SIDEWALK IN WAIKIKI

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DOWN ON THE SIDEWALK IN WAIKIKI

Directed by Justyn Ah Chong
In between his growing frustrations toward cleaning up after tourists and reflections on a traumatizing memory, a voice…
Special Presentations

EATING UP EASTER

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EATING UP EASTER

Directed by Sergio Mata‘u Rapu
Rapa Nui, or Easter Island, is under economic and ecological threat. Sergio Rapu follows stalwart, outspoken indigenous defenders…

ENGAGED

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ENGAGED

Directed by David Scala
Darren is struggling to propose to Elliott when the universe continues to seemingly sidetrack him. However, after being…
Documentaries

FINDING THE VIRGO

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FINDING THE VIRGO

Directed by Barre Fong
Nearly 40 years ago, Lauren Vuong and her fam- ily were rescued from the South China Sea by…
Special Presentations

FIRST PERSON PLURAL

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FIRST PERSON PLURAL

Directed by Deann Borshay Liem
In 1966, Deann Borshay Liem was adopted by an American family and was sent from Korea to her…

FLO’S BUS

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FLO’S BUS

Directed by Dean Ishida
For over 15 years, 77-year-old Flo Matsuda has organized quarterly bus trips from Los Angeles to Las Vegas…

GAMERS

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GAMERS

Directed by Searit Huluf
An amateur female gamer is given a once in a lifetime opportunity to try out for a pro…
Galas, Special Presentations

GEOGRAPHIES OF KINSHIP

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GEOGRAPHIES OF KINSHIP

Directed by Deann Borshay Liem
GEOGRAPHIES OF KINSHIP traces the legacy of war and political upheaval on vulnerable members of a traditionally patriarchal…
COMCAST Narratives

GO BACK TO CHINA

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GO BACK TO CHINA

Directed by Emily Ting
Trust fund princess Sasha lives on daddy’sbankroll, so any disturbance to the filial order means goodbye credit cards…

HALWA

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HALWA

Directed by Gayatri Bajpai, Nirav Bhakta
When Sujata, an empty-nester, gets an unexpected piece of news about her secret childhood sweetheart and best friend…
COMCAST Narratives

HAPPY CLEANERS

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HAPPY CLEANERS

Directed by Julian Kim, Peter S. Lee
Grab a seat at the Choi's dinner table for an intergenerational, international culture clash. A Korean American family…

I AM YOUR… A JOURNEY THROUGH A FADING PAST

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I AM YOUR… A JOURNEY THROUGH A FADING PAST

Directed by Bryan Fong, Veronica Chung
A short travel film dedicated to preserving and capturing a granddaughter and grandmother's relationship. Veronica's grandmother, Amah, has…

IN FULL BLOOM

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IN FULL BLOOM

Directed by Maegan Houang
When a mourning widow orders worms to grow a rare flower, their assistance comes at a price when…

IN THIS FAMILY

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IN THIS FAMILY

Directed by Drama del Rosario
A son revisits audio recordings of his home life in the aftermath of being outed as gay and…
Documentaries

JADDOLAND

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JADDOLAND

Directed by Nadia Shihab
On a trip to visit her Iraqi mother in West Texas, filmmaker Nadia Shihab paints an intimate portrait…

JANE

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JANE

Directed by Abraham Felix
When an isolated multiracial woman rediscovers a childhood diary, painful memories threaten to derail her attempt to take…
Special Presentations

THE JOY LUCK CLUB

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THE JOY LUCK CLUB

Directed by Wayne Wang
Come join us as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of THE JOY LUCK CLUB, one of the most…
Special Presentations

LEITIS IN WAITING

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LEITIS IN WAITING

Directed by Dean Hamer, Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Joe Wilson
Join us as we celebrate the Oakland premiere of LEITIS IN WAITING, an award winning documentary that tells…
Special Presentations

LOOK BACK: JEFF ADACHI

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LOOK BACK: JEFF ADACHI

Please join CAAMFest as we honor and celebrate the life of San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, with…
Special Presentations

LOVE BOAT: TAIWAN

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LOVE BOAT: TAIWAN

Directed by Valerie Soe
Fearless, inventive and outspoken are a few words to describe CAAMFest37 Spotlight Honoree Valerie Soe. From the 80’s…

LUMPIA CAMPESINA

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LUMPIA CAMPESINA

Directed by Robert Karimi
Fake mustaches are stroked in this parody of how to make community-uniting lumpia. Spoiler alert: It’s delicious!

MOONWALK WITH ME

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MOONWALK WITH ME

Directed by So Young Shelly Yo
A story from the heart about a Korean American girl named Juno who is haunted by her father's…
COMCAST Narratives

MS. PURPLE

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MS. PURPLE

Directed by Justin Chon
On the heels of the Sundance 2019 premiere, writer/director Justin Chon (GOOK, CAAMFest 2017) brings his visionary storytelling…

MY GRANDPA

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MY GRANDPA

Directed by Mike Pauli
Through intimate interviews with his grandpa, Director Chen learns more about his grandpa’s art and the larger cultural…

MY MOTHER, MYSELF & I

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MY MOTHER, MYSELF & I

Directed by King Yaw Soon
Four vignettes, four mother-son moments, one unspoken truth.
Documentaries

MAYOR ED LEE

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MAYOR ED LEE

Directed by Rick Quan
MAYOR ED LEE honors and celebrates the legacy of San Francisco’s late mayor, Edwin Lee. Director Rick Quan…

PERIOD GIRL

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PERIOD GIRL

Directed by Jalena Keane-Lee
PERIOD GIRL follows Nadya Okamoto, a 20 year-old Harvard sophomore who started the non-profit PERIOD Org, which distributes…

THE PIT WHERE WE WERE BORN

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THE PIT WHERE WE WERE BORN

Directed by Alexander Bocchieri
Just as a father and son reunite at the family ‘imu, their past makes itself known in the…

REACH

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REACH

Directed by Mike Wierzenski, Mina Park
When a young woman struggling with body image issues posts a photo of herself online, we follow the…
Documentaries

SEADRIFT

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SEADRIFT

Directed by Tim Tsai
SEADRIFT examines the tensions in a small Gulf Coast fishing town when Vietnamese refugees move there in 1979.…
New Directions

SELF EVIDENT: ASIAN AMERICA’S STORIES

Special Event

SELF EVIDENT: ASIAN AMERICA’S STORIES

Self Evident is a new podcast taking on what it means to be American by telling Asian America’s…

SHARE

Film

SHARE

Directed by Barna Szász, Ellie Wen
An 18-year-old Instagram influencer attempts to reconcile his identity online with his identity in real life.

SPEAK EASY B

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SPEAK EASY B

Directed by Becca Park, Jun Shimizu
How does one come to terms with depression? For B, it takes a trip deep in the mind…

SWORDED LOVE

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SWORDED LOVE

Directed by Tina Takemoto
Fleeting cinematic impressions of star-crossed swordsmen are captured in the oblique wanderings of emulsion lifted from a stray…
Special Presentations

THE DRAGON PAINTER WITH LIVE SCORE BY GOH NAKAMURA

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THE DRAGON PAINTER WITH LIVE SCORE BY GOH NAKAMURA

Directed by William Worthington
One of the first Asian American films in history, THE DRAGON PAINTER is a dreamy and surreal romance…
Documentaries

THE FEELING OF BEING WATCHED

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THE FEELING OF BEING WATCHED

Directed by Assia Boundaoui
What does it feel like to be watched — surveilled by the state? Director Assia Boundaoui bravely takes…
New Directions

THE MAGPIES OF SEOUL

Special Event

THE MAGPIES OF SEOUL

Dan Lee (from the rock band Scrabbel) premieres a dynamic, new live music performance based on the Korean…
Special Presentations

THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR

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THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR

Directed by Ry Russo-Young
A modern-day story about finding love against all odds, “The Sun Is Also a Star” explores whether our…
COMCAST Narratives

TIGER

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TIGER

Directed by Alister Grierson
TIGER is a powerful film about a Sikh American boxer who is banned from the boxing commission for…

U

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U

Directed by Lala Openi
A spoken word narrates the reflections Openi makes on the depths of the relationship between their lover and…

WAYWARD EMULSIONS

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WAYWARD EMULSIONS

Directed by Tina Takemoto
From the fractals of a 35 mm film, glimpses of a wayward woman emerge.
Special Presentations

WE GON’ BE ALRIGHT

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WE GON’ BE ALRIGHT

Directed by Bao Nguyen
“We Gon’ Be Alright” is a series that explores the new dimensions of racial resegregation in the United…
Galas

WHEN WE WALK

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WHEN WE WALK

Directed by Jason DaSilva
Emmy Award-winning director Jason DaSilva continues the documentation of his diagnosis with multiple sclerosis and its aftermath. WHEN…

WINNER OF PEACE

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WINNER OF PEACE

Directed by Marisa Kelly, Taylor Killefer
A young Sikh poet toes the line between her community and personal beliefs, but finds solace in spoken…
Documentaries

A WOMAN’S WORK

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A WOMAN’S WORK

Directed by Yu Gu
A WOMAN’S WORK follows two former cheerleaders who challenge the multi-billion dollar National Football League by suing for…
Galas

YELLOW ROSE

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YELLOW ROSE

Directed by Diane Paragas
Rose Garcia was born to be a star. She’s an aspiring country singer in the heart of Texas…

ZERO ONE

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ZERO ONE

Directed by Nick Neon
Zero One follows Jimmy Park through NYC for the last 24 hours of 2013. He’s visiting home for…

ZOETIC

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ZOETIC

Directed by Julie Zhan, Wesley Chan
A coming of age story about a single, 60-year-old Chinese immigrant mother who, for the first time ever,…