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13 MILES FOR TOILET PAPER

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13 MILES FOR TOILET PAPER

Directed by Chalisa Phiboolsook
When filmmaker Chalisa Phiboolsook’s half marathon was cancelled due the COVID 19, she didn’t didn’t let that stop…

OFF DUTY

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OFF DUTY

Directed by Shetal Shah
During a quiet afternoon, a Muslim American woman’s life is interrupted when she meets a pregnant homeless woman.…

AFTERIMAGES

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AFTERIMAGES

Directed by Bryan Sih
In this tense and emotional visionary short film by multimedia artist, Bryan Sih, a father and his son…

CHÁ SĪ / CHASM

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CHÁ SĪ / CHASM

Directed by Waeli Wang
An experimental screendance in collaboration with performers  Katie Huang and Samantha Lin exploring duality, transcontinental passage, and fragmented...

CHIMERA

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CHIMERA

Directed by Eileen Yoon
In Filmmaker Eileen Yoon’s stunning film, CHIMERA, present day moments in New York lead Ayeon to reflect on…

CHINATOWN PRETTY

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CHINATOWN PRETTY

Directed by Roy Chan
In San Francisco, Chinatown Community Development Center (CCDC) is using storytelling and arts projects highlighting the lived experiences...

CITRIC ACID

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CITRIC ACID

Directed by Elenie Chung
In this powerful and dream-like film, Aino and Yu Xing are two best friends and working fine artists.

CLUB QUARANTINE

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CLUB QUARANTINE

Directed by Aurora Brachman
Every night during the Covid-19 lockdown, hundreds of people from around the world gather in a massive queer…

DANNY, DANNY

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DANNY, DANNY

Directed by Huan Cheng
It is in the silent spaces of our lives that we often wrestle with ourselves. Follow the solitary…

DISTANT LEARNING

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DISTANT LEARNING

Directed by Elena GK Rapu, Sergio M. Rapu
A Rapanui filmmaker and father living in the American Midwest never imagined he would lose his ability to…
Narratives

DRIVE ALL NIGHT

Available to watch
May 13, 2021 8:00 am - May 23, 2021 11:59 pm

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DRIVE ALL NIGHT

Directed by Peter Hsieh
Dave’s stagnant life as a taxi driver is restarted when he meets Cara, a pro gamer, who’s being…

DRIVING WITH THE TOP DOWN

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DRIVING WITH THE TOP DOWN

Directed by Edward Gunawan
DRIVING WITH THE TOP DOWN, a touching film by filmmaker Edward Gunawan explores his family's intergenerational trauma and…

DUET

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DUET

Directed by Shae Xu
In this sensual and dream-like film, an unspoken romance inevitably resurfaces when a high school music teacher meets…

ELLA JAY BASCO’S GOLD FEATURING RUBY IBARRA

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ELLA JAY BASCO’S GOLD FEATURING RUBY IBARRA

Directed by Leslie Alejandro
CAAMFest is thrilled to showcase GOLD, the brand new music video by Ella Jay Basco, featuring CAAMFest Alum...

F1-100

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F1-100

Directed by Emory Chao Johnson
Art, animation, archival footage, and digital video are interwoven in this transnational meditation through time and space of…

FAMILY INGREDIENTS

Available to watch
May 13, 2021 8:00 am - May 23, 2021 11:59 pm

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FAMILY INGREDIENTS

Directed by Ty Sanga
Family Ingredients follows a beloved food memory or family recipe from a Hawaiʻi home to its origin.

FITNESS! OR A STORY ABOUT SWEAT

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FITNESS! OR A STORY ABOUT SWEAT

Directed by Kana Hatakeyama
Filmmaker and Actor Kana Hatakeyama (OKAASAN) is back at CAAMFest with a new vibrant and hilarious story about…

FRESH PEACHES

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FRESH PEACHES

Directed by Lana Nguyen
Circa 1977. When his grandmother is falsely accused of stealing a tube of lipstick, a Vietnamese boy named…

HIGH STRUNG

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HIGH STRUNG

Directed by Melissa Kan
When two brothers must play each other at a junior tennis tournament, is there really a winner?

BREATHE (HINGA)

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BREATHE (HINGA)

Directed by Sammay Dizon
BREATH (HINGA) is a performance ritual film and time capsule honoring the sacred grief, life force, and resiliency…

HOW TO CATCH A TAOTAOMONA

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HOW TO CATCH A TAOTAOMONA

Directed by Neil Tinkman
As Raph wanders through the jungles behind his house, he encounters a human figure that resembles the taotaomona,…
Documentaries

IN THE SAME BREATH

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IN THE SAME BREATH

Directed by Nanfu Wang
Award winning director and CAAM 2021 Mentor, Nanfu Wang is back with her new eye-opening documentary, IN THE…
Narratives

INBETWEEN GIRL

Available to watch
May 13, 2021 8:00 am - May 23, 2021 11:59 pm

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INBETWEEN GIRL

Directed by Mei Makino
In filmmaker Mei Makino's new feature film, INBETWEEN GIRL she explores a story straight from Texas with an…
Narratives

JUNHO

Available to watch
May 13, 2021 8:00 am - May 23, 2021 11:59 pm

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JUNHO

Directed by David Seok Hoon Boo
Juhno wanted nothing more than to be a great actor. But when his prestigious acting troupe in Korea…

KEEP SARAY HOME

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KEEP SARAY HOME

Directed by Brian Redondo
ICE doesn’t just separate families at the border. In the outskirts of Boston, three families face the impending…

KOREATOWN GHOST STORY

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KOREATOWN GHOST STORY

Directed by Minsun Park, Teddy Tenenbaum
In this supernatural horror tale based on a Korean ritual starring legendary Margaret Cho and Lyrica Okano, a…

KUROSHIO CURRENT

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KUROSHIO CURRENT

A man searches for the amulet his mother gave him before he left for America. He embarks on…

LET’S EAT

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LET’S EAT

Directed by Dixon Wong
As a young woman prepares a meal, she reflects back about both the happy and bitter memories with…

LET’S REMEMBER OUR ANCESTORS (TA HASSO I MANAINA)

Film

LET’S REMEMBER OUR ANCESTORS (TA HASSO I MANAINA)

Directed by Neil Tinkham
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, a Chamoru cultural foundation attempts to continue its mission by having members create a…

LINSANITY

Available to watch
May 13, 2021 8:00 am - May 23, 2021 11:59 pm

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LINSANITY

Directed by Evan Jackson Leong
The life story of basketball sensation, Jeremy Lin.
Narratives

LUMPIA WITH A VENGEANCE

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LUMPIA WITH A VENGEANCE

Directed by Patricio Ginelsa
Nearly 20 years after the first appearance of a mysterious, lumpia-wielding avenger, Kuya is back. Together with overly…

LUNAR: THE JEWISH-ASIAN FILM PROJECT EP. 1: THE TASTE OF CONNECTION

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LUNAR: THE JEWISH-ASIAN FILM PROJECT EP. 1: THE TASTE OF CONNECTION

Directed by Jared Chiang-Zeizel, Jenni Rudolph
In the first episode of a docuseries exploring the stories of Asian American Jews, several of them discuss…

MAHÅLANG

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MAHÅLANG

Directed by Caili Quan, Elliot deBruyn, Nathaniel Brown
Chamorro Filipino choreographer and dancer Caili Quan pays tribute to the family and culture on Guam that sparked…

MAHALO COVID-19

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MAHALO COVID-19

Directed by Matt Yamashita
When a filmmaker and his small island community take on the pandemic, they unsuspectingly find a clearer path…

MAIA CRUZ PALILEO: BECOMING THE MOON

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MAIA CRUZ PALILEO: BECOMING THE MOON

Directed by Ligaiya Romero
Filmmaker Ligaiya Romero explores the life and work of Maia Cruz Palileo, the multi-disciplinary, Brooklyn-based artist who examines…

MICHELLE

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MICHELLE

Directed by Kenya Gillespie
Growing up can be hard, especially a shy Asian American girl who’s being picked on by high school…

ONCE UPON A SCREEN: EXPLOSIVE PARADOX

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ONCE UPON A SCREEN: EXPLOSIVE PARADOX

Directed by Kevin B. Lee
A childhood experience is projected on a shadowy wall of a former movie theatre in Daly City.

ONE VOICE + LET’S REMEMBER OUR ANCESTORS (TA HASSO I MANAINA)

Available to watch
May 13, 2021 8:00 am - May 23, 2021 11:59 pm

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ONE VOICE + LET’S REMEMBER OUR ANCESTORS (TA HASSO I MANAINA)

Directed by Lisette Marie Flanary
CAAMFest is thrilled to rescreen CAAMFest Alum, Lisette Marie Flanary's beautiful and touching documentary, ONE VOICE.

PARKED IN AMERICA

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PARKED IN AMERICA

Directed by Luke Salin
In this SXSW official selection, Bay Area filmmaker Luke Salin brings to the screen an enchanting and touching…

PHOENIX BAKERY: SWEETS FOR THE SWEET

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PHOENIX BAKERY: SWEETS FOR THE SWEET

Directed by Janet Chen
As the Los Angeles Chinatown’s Phoenix Bakery celebrates its 80th anniversary, the Chan family reflects back on its…

RADICAL CARE: THE AUNTIE SEWING SQUAD

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RADICAL CARE: THE AUNTIE SEWING SQUAD

Directed by Valerie Soe
CAAMFest’s Spotlight Alum Valerie Soe is back with a powerful documentary that shines a light on the Auntie…
Narratives

SEE YOU THEN + F1-100

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SEE YOU THEN + F1-100

Directed by Mari Walker
It's been a decade since Naomi and Kris have seen or heard from each other. A quick dinner…
Documentaries

SKY BLOSSOM: DIARIES OF THE NEXT GREATEST GENERATION

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SKY BLOSSOM: DIARIES OF THE NEXT GREATEST GENERATION

Directed by Richard Lui
SKY BLOSSOM: DIARIES OF THE NEXT GREATEST GENERATION is a powerful and eye-opening documentary by award-winning anchor, storyteller…

SMILEY DEATH FACE

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SMILEY DEATH FACE

Directed by Andrew Patrick Torrez
You have a new message. In this terrifying short film, a young girl stumbles into a text message…

STAND UP

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STAND UP

Directed by Dasha Masaltina, Kitty Hu
When a genuine friendship develops between two Black women a generation apart, comedic chaos ensues as they encounter…

SUMMERWINTERSUMMER

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SUMMERWINTERSUMMER

Directed by Thy Tran
Struggling to deal with Martin's disappearance, Duy resorts to anonymous hook-ups to escape the emptiness.

SYNCHRONIZED

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SYNCHRONIZED

Directed by Corinne Manabat Cueva
SYNCHRONIZED is an experimental documentary short that embraces 5 women of color as they collectively reflect about their…

THE COMPLAINT

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THE COMPLAINT

Directed by Nelson Kim
Filmmaker Nelson Kim (SOMEONE ELSE) is back at CAAMFest with his new short film, THE COMPLAINT.

THE DEBUT

Available to watch
May 13, 2021 8:00 am - May 23, 2021 11:59 pm

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THE DEBUT

Directed by Gene Cajayon
One of the first feature films made by and for the Filipino American community, it created a blueprint…

THE FABULOUS FILIPINO BROTHERS

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THE FABULOUS FILIPINO BROTHERS

Directed by Dante Basco
Filmmaker Spotlight Honoree Dante Basco is making his directorial debut with THE FABULOUS FILIPINO BROTHERS, and he’s not...

THE LEAF

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THE LEAF

Directed by William J. Zang
THE LEAF is a personal, poetic, documentary film about Director Will J. Zang’s experience as both a filmmaker…
Documentaries

THE RACE EPIDEMIC

Available to watch
May 13, 2021 8:00 am - May 23, 2021 11:59 pm

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THE RACE EPIDEMIC

Directed by Tony Shyu
The Race Epidemic is about another outbreak caused by Covid-19 - An epidemic of racism against Asian Americans.

TO LIVE HERE (sống ở đây)

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TO LIVE HERE (sống ở đây)

Directed by Melanie Ho
Exploring the intimacy of the mundane, sống ở đây | TO LIVE HERE focuses on the lives of…

TRACE

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TRACE

Directed by Wesley Chan
TRACE is a wild, sci-fi action film brought by creative minds at Wong Fu Productions and OSU Films.…

UDAAN

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UDAAN

Directed by Amman Abbasi
In filmmaker Amman Abbasi's film UDAAN, a young Pakistani woman moving to Paragould, Arkansas to start college in…

VAN SANCTUARY

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VAN SANCTUARY

Directed by Saleem Reshamwala
This charming and humorous film, a very unofficial ice cream van rolls into a church parking lot and...

WE STAY IN THE HOUSE

Film

WE STAY IN THE HOUSE

Directed by Kiyoko McCrae
Filmmaker Kiyoko McCrae follows mothers who have to balance working from home with taking care of their children.

WHEELCHAIR WENDY

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WHEELCHAIR WENDY

Directed by Shaina Ghuraya
An eager-to-please doll in a wheelchair is placed in the perfect world of the narcissistic Barbara, and must…
Documentaries

WHO IS LUN*NA MENOH?

Available to watch
May 13, 2021 8:00 am - May 23, 2021 11:59 pm

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WHO IS LUN*NA MENOH?

Directed by Jeff Mizushima
From her early career in Japan to the underground music scene in Los Angeles. From sculptural designs on…
Documentaries

WUHAN WUHAN

Available to watch
May 13, 2021 8:00 am - May 23, 2021 11:59 pm

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WUHAN WUHAN

Directed by Yung Chang
WUHAN WUHAN is an observational documentary unfolding during February and March, 2020 at the height of the pandemic…

YUAN YUAN AND THE HOLLOW MONSTER

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YUAN YUAN AND THE HOLLOW MONSTER

Directed by Catherine Chen
Adorable and touching, YUAN YUAN AND THE HOLLOW MONSTER is a beautiful film by filmmaker Catherine Chen.
Gala Presentations

TRY HARDER!

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TRY HARDER!

Directed by Debbie Lum
CAAMFest is elated to kick off our 2021 festival with TRY HARDER!, a skillfully crafted documentary by local...
Gala Presentations

SNAKEHEAD

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SNAKEHEAD

Directed by Evan Jackson Leong
CAAMFest is thrilled to showcase SNAKEHEAD as our Centerpiece Presentation.
Gala Presentations

MANZANAR, DIVERTED: WHEN WATER BECOMES DUST

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MANZANAR, DIVERTED: WHEN WATER BECOMES DUST

Directed by Ann Kaneko
Celebrated filmmaker Ann Kaneko is back at CAAMFest with her stunning and eye-opening documentary, MANZANAR, DIVERTED: WHEN WATER…
Gala Presentations

AMERICANISH

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AMERICANISH

Directed by Iman Zawahry
In Jackson Heights, Queens, New York, two career-driven sisters (Maryam and Sam) and their newly-immigrated cousin (Ameera) must…
Special Presentations

RICOCHET

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RICOCHET

Directed by Adachi Jeff, Wimbush Chihiro
RICOCHET is directed by Jeff Adachi and Chihiro Wimbush and is an eye-opening documentary about the tragic death...
Special Presentations

THE DONUT KING

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THE DONUT KING

Directed by Alice Gu
The American Dream with a *glazed* twist. THE DONUT KING is Ted Ngoy’s rags-to-riches story of a refugee...