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默 (To Write from Memory)

Film 默 (To Write from Memory) Directed by Emory Chao Johnson A mother’s alienating treatment of her child’s transness serves as a soundtrack to the rituals of daily life…
Documentary Features

36 Seconds: Portrait of a Hate Crime

Film 36 Seconds: Portrait of a Hate Crime Directed by Tarek Albaba In less than one minute, the loss of three lives in a hate crime, leads to an unwavering…
Narrative Features

A Great Divide

Film A Great Divide Directed by Jean Shim A Korean American family uproots from the Bay Area for a small town in Wyoming.
Documentary Features, Gala & Showcases

Opening Night: Admissions Granted

Film Opening Night: Admissions Granted Directed by Hao Wu, Miao Wang The complex, high-stakes affirmative action debate escalates to the Supreme Court polarizing the Asian American community.

After Sunset, Dawn Arrives

Film After Sunset, Dawn Arrives Directed by Andy Yi Li A close encounter sparks queer curiosity for an elderly widower dancing into a new chapter of his life.

Art of Work

Film Art of Work Directed by Patrick Cruz Performances in dance, rap, and spoken word poetry tell a powerful story of community determination and creativity.
Documentary Features


Film Ashima Directed by Kenji Tsukamoto For Ashima, the world’s youngest elite rock climber, there’s nowhere to go but up.


Film Ayat Directed by Samina Saifee After a grave loss, an Islamic Sunday school teacher’s lessons begin to unsettle his reality.

Between Earth & Sky

Film Between Earth & Sky Directed by Andrew Nadkarni Studying “what grows back” after disturbance in the rainforest canopy, renowned ecologist Nalini Nadkarni must turn her research…

Boca Chica

Film Boca Chica Directed by Ai Vuong & Samuel Diaz Fernandez Indigenous ecologies and ways of being are threatened by SpaceX on the Texas Gulf Coast.

Boy Band

Film Boy Band Directed by Benedict Chiu After a disfiguring accident, a K-pop band member undergoes surgery to salvage his fracturing image.

Bridge to Everywhere

Film Bridge to Everywhere Directed by Spencer Tsang An omniscient pigeon chronicles the transformations to the built environment in San Francisco’s Chinatown.

Butterfly / Bataplai

Film Butterfly / Bataplai Directed by Veialu Aila-Unsworth Wrestling with her dream to become a makeup artist against her family’s values, Raya is visited by Papua…
Documentary Features, Gala & Showcases

Centerpiece: Q

Film Centerpiece: Q Directed by Jude Chehab A generational tale of the eternal search for meaning - a love story of an entirely different kind.

Chan is Fishing

Film Chan is Fishing Directed by Jacqueline Chan An aging Hong Kong immigrant searches for the fishing spot pictured on a postcard from an old friend.

Dawn of Skates

Film Dawn of Skates Directed by Mitch Truong Through visits to the roller rink and the unexpected mentorship she receives there, a Vietnamese American teen finds…

Desi Mom

Film Desi Mom Directed by Chithra Jeyaram Apolitical mom finds her voice: Lakshmi urges South Asians to shape their children’s and local future.


Film Duckworthy Directed by MG Evangelista Senator Tammy Duckworth on her personal history and disability, veteran, and women’s rights.

Every Man A King

Film Every Man A King Directed by Nikhil Ganesh Repressed feelings come to light during a camping trip, as a Bay Area techie grapples with the changing…
Narrative Features

Extremely Unique Dynamic

Film Extremely Unique Dynamic Directed by Harrison Xu, Ivan Leung, Katherine Dudas During their final weekend together, two best bro friends test the limits of their friendship while making a…

hao hao wan wan

Film hao hao wan wan Directed by Em Yue Miniatures reanimate a childhood of aimless roaming while parents labored in Chinese restaurants.
Documentary Features

Hōkūle’a: Finding the Language of the Navigator

Film Hōkūle’a: Finding the Language of the Navigator Directed by Ty Sanga The story of Hōkūle’a, a Polynesian voyaging canoe, reveals the wisdom of traditional wayfinding methods and community efforts…
Documentary Features

Home Court

Film Home Court Directed by Erica Tanamachi The ascent of Ashely Chea, Cambodian American basketball prodigy and her pursuit for college.


Film homecoming Directed by Monica Mai When a father returns home from prison on the night of his estranged teen’s homecoming dance, the pair…

I Would’ve Been Happy

Film I Would’ve Been Happy Directed by Jordan Wong Architectural schematic abstractions rendered in ceramic and cyanotype excavate the memories of a broken family from the folds…

“I’m good.”

Film “I’m good.” Directed by Xindi Zhang During a phone call between mother and daughter, a chance to open up turns into a moment of…

im in love with edgar allan poe

Film im in love with edgar allan poe Directed by Andrea Walter Two goth besties search for chicken innards for a ritual to resurrect Edgar Allan Poe.

Kai Hali’a (Sea of Memory)

Film Kai Hali’a (Sea of Memory) Directed by Angelique Kalani Axelrode In a realm of abstracted and embodied memory, a diasporic Kānaka traces a genealogy of identity through kūpuna…


Film Leading Directed by Grace Lee Inspiring stories of cross-generational mentorship and youth political education crafts a hopeful view of the future.
Documentary Features

Light of the Setting Sun

Film Light of the Setting Sun Directed by Vicky Du A palpable examination of a storyteller’s own truths, in Vicky Du’s case it is in her family’s silence…

like a stone or flower

Film like a stone or flower Directed by Kaiya Ming Jordan Three Bay Area artists across generations reflect on their craft and the ability of art to transcend logic.

Lion in the Wind

Film Lion in the Wind Directed by TT Takemoto Asian American icons fracture across degraded celluloid film.


Film Lupa Directed by Kristian Kabuay Tumultuous struggles for inheritance among transnational families reflect the entwinement of body and land.
Narrative Features

Meeting You, Meeting Me

Film Meeting You, Meeting Me Directed by Lina Suh An unexpected, much-needed friendship arrives at your doorstep.

Mia’s Mission

Film Mia’s Mission Directed by Jireh Deng After coming out as transgender at 60, Mia continues to strive to rally communities of color and bring…


Film Mooncake Directed by Rraine Hanson A theatrical and collagic exploration of childhood fantasies set in Manhattan Chinatown.

Mosquito Lady

Film Mosquito Lady Directed by Kristine Gerolaga Philippine manananggal folklore meets a present-day struggle to access reproductive care.

Next of Kin

Film Next of Kin Directed by Timothy Guion Smith After a painful rejection, mother and son connect over the inheritance of HIV/AIDS “poz undetectable” status.
Documentary Features, Music

Nobuko Miyamoto: A Song In Movement

Film Nobuko Miyamoto: A Song In Movement Directed by Quyen Nguyen-Le, Tadashi Nakamura A picturesque retrospective of visionary artist-activist Nobuko Miyamoto and her work that changed Asian America forever.

Order for Pickup

Film Order for Pickup Directed by Jackie! Zhou A woman must find a way back to herself as her reality blurs into a cycle of work…
Narrative Features


Film Owl Directed by Julian Pham A daughter takes over her dad’s locksmith business and unlocks something that changes the course of their lives.

Preserving Taste

Film Preserving Taste Directed by Gelareh Kiazand Chef Hanif Sadr introduces Northern Iranian cuisine to San Francisco, navigating personal and political challenges of ingredient sourcing…


Film Regalo Directed by Eduardo Taylor Found footage, archival images, and an artful soundtrack trace key diasporic histories and celebrate the strength of Fil-Am…


Film Retrieval Directed by Fatimah Asghar In a soul retrieval at the threshold of fantasy and reality, a young woman retraces a moment frozen…


Film Seventeen Directed by Geqi Li Sex work, teen pregnancy, and abortion challenge a mother-daughter relationship.
Content advisory: This film includes depictions of nudity and…
Narrative Features

Smoking Tigers

Film Smoking Tigers Directed by So Young Shelly Yo A meditation on the teenage desire to belong — to family, friends, and culture.

So That Tonight We Might See

Film So That Tonight We Might See Directed by Bea Hesselbart A transracial adoptee questions the ethics of storytelling through family archives and interviews.

Something Blue

Film Something Blue Directed by Jinsui Song Fragmented memories of unspoken trauma bubble up at a cousin’s wedding.

Squeegee Boy

Film Squeegee Boy Directed by Chung-Wei Huang A trans Asian American preteen finds friendship among squeegee boys, with whom issues of race and gender collide.


Film Stitched Directed by Lorena Lourenco Can a frankenstein boyfriend soothe the annoyances of diasporic dating?

Ten Times Better

Film Ten Times Better Directed by Jennifer Lin Refugee chronicle meets American Dream story meets dance film, celebrating Asian American ballet pioneer George Lee.

The Ali’i King

Film The Ali’i King Directed by Christine Kunewa Walker Set in the 1960’s a road trip from Utah to the opening of Tikiland in California unveils painful…

The Fanatics

Film The Fanatics Directed by Laura Skokan A desperate mother is willing to pursue any means necessary to recover her daughter after the collapse of…

The Roaring of the Carabao

Film The Roaring of the Carabao Directed by Angeline Marie Michael Meitzler On the night of a Fil-Am’s arrival to the Philippines, a volcano erupts, sparking a lyrical, haunting journey…


Film Thirstygirl Directed by Alexandra Qin Two sisters struggle with addiction and mental health on a trip through the American South.

Thời Thơ Ấu (Childhood)

Film Thời Thơ Ấu (Childhood) Directed by Vi Tuong Bui A Vietnamese American daughter captures her parents on 16mm as they dream of their childhood and homeland.


Film Tradewinds Directed by Mighty Island Patrick Palomo, with his group Tradewinds, inflects jazz music with CHamoru language.


Film Uncommitted Directed by Aisha Sultan A young, first-time voter struggles with her election choices and seeks guidance from a community elder.

Unpacking Immigration

Film Unpacking Immigration Directed by Harleen Kaur Bal A Punjabi Sikh meatpacking community in California’s Central Valley reflects on migration, labor, and belonging.

Votes for Verona

Film Votes for Verona Directed by Joseph Duque Verona Sagato-Mauga, a first-generation American business owner in Salt Lake County, Utah, campaigns to become the first Samoan…

Wild Hogs and Saffron

Film Wild Hogs and Saffron Directed by Andy Sarjahani Set in the Arkansas Ozarks, a wild hog hunt sets the stage for a meditation on cross-cultural friendship…

Wouldn’t Make It Any Other Way

Film Wouldn’t Make It Any Other Way Directed by Hao Zhou The colorful queer life of a sewing virtuoso in Iowa is punctuated by their return home to Guam.