Whoever said “you can’t choose your family” clearly never met the characters in this powerful and emotionally sweeping program. This selection of films weaves diverse genres and storytelling together as they explore the complexities of life and how our families can be a source of inspiration and support.
Expected attendees: Jeffrey Wu (Director, THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US), Michael Pauli Chen (Director, MY GRANDPA), and Kana Hatakeyama (Director, OKAASAN (MOM)).
Co-presented by: KQED, Asian American Studies Department as San Francisco State University
Baraha is a visual chapbook that combines visual storytelling and poetry to uncover the layered identities of a Filipino American girl, an immigrant family, and a daughter’s relationship to her parents.
Two very different half-sisters meet for the first time after the death of their father, and find unexpected connection over his love of terrible country music.
On the night his daughter is killed in an accident, an estranged father attempts to save her life with his latest prototype.
DAUGHTER explores an immigrant mother’s pain and worry about her transgender daughter and examines the perspective of a mother who may not understand her daughter, but cares for her deeply.
Accompanied by his father and equipped with filming gear, a grandson travels to his homeland in China to capture what would be his final moments with his grandmother. The Distance Between Us is a glimpse into this last memory of a family grappling with Alzheimer’s disease.
Through intimate interviews with his grandpa, Director Chen learns more about his grandpa’s art and the larger cultural tapestry of SF’s Chinatown.
In rural Japan, a mother and daughter attempt to reconnect after dealing with the loss of a loved one the previous year.