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A Day At the Beach

Film A Day At the Beach Directed by Lamesa Nashrat Through Google searches and environmental observation, a woman must explore existence with the help of Jeff Bezos and…

All I Want is Everything

Film All I Want is Everything Directed by Alexandra Cuerdo When being “good” isn’t good enough, a fiercely driven teenager indulges in the bad to reach her goals…

Americanized

Film Americanized Directed by Erica Eng Growing up in Oakland’s complex hip hop culture and fearing community isolation, a multifaceted teenage basketball player searches…
Documentaries

Blurring the Color Line

Film Blurring the Color Line Directed by Crystal Kwok Asians were allowed to enroll in white schools, but was this simply an oversight? Where did the Chinese…
Documentaries, Gala Presentations

Centerpiece Documentary: Bad Axe

Film Centerpiece Documentary: Bad Axe Directed by David Siev On the eve of pandemic shutdowns, burgeoning filmmaker David Siev returns to his hometown of Bad Axe, Michigan,…

Coming Out with the Help of a Time Machine

Film Coming Out with the Help of a Time Machine Directed by Naman Gupta After an attempt at coming out to his parents ends in disaster, a young gay man travels back…

Congratulations (Mabrook)

Film Congratulations (Mabrook) Directed by Asad Farooqui An outspoken aspiring actor must navigate a chaotic Eid party—or face the scathing disapproval of his community.

Crashing Wheels on Concrete

Film Crashing Wheels on Concrete Directed by So Young Shelly Yo CRASHING WHEELS ON CONCRETE is a short documentary following Kat Sy, a skateboarder and software engineer, as she…

Crossroads

Film Crossroads Directed by Sarita Khurana This film takes a close look at the recent “FedEx shooting” in Indianapolis, in the context of a…
Narratives

Dawning

Film Dawning Directed by Young Min Kim A trauma therapist, Haejin Park, is forced to face her family's darkest past after she returns to her…
Narratives

Dealing with Dad

Film Dealing with Dad Directed by Tom Huang Margaret Chang reluctantly goes back to her hometown with her hapless brothers to deal with the sudden depression...

Dear Nanay

Film Dear Nanay Directed by Frances Grace Mortel A love letter to her grandmother, this experimental documentary explores the filmmaker’s early memories in the Philippines and…

Don’t Worry About It

Film Don’t Worry About It Directed by Melissa Kong A young woman at an intensive therapy program for obsessive-compulsive disorder struggles with the aftermath of her father’s…

Elvis of Laos

Film Elvis of Laos Directed by Van Ditthavong After leaving war-torn Laos in late 1974, the Godfather of Lao Music joins forces with his son and…

Empire of my Melodious Mind

Film Empire of my Melodious Mind Directed by Jeanette Louie In the space of a moment, inside a cabinet, perception embarks on an epic journey through the terrain…

Ever Wanting (For Margeret Chung)

Film Ever Wanting (For Margeret Chung) Directed by TT Takemoto Plunging into the euphoria and despair of her profession and personal life, the first female Chinese American doctor…
Documentaries, Gala Presentations

Opening Night + Gala: Free Chol Soo Lee

Film Opening Night + Gala: Free Chol Soo Lee Directed by Julie Ha and Eugene Yi Asian American activists and Korean immigrants rally to free a death row inmate in a landmark movement in…

Hannah’s Biography

Film Hannah’s Biography Directed by Patricia Lee An eighty-one-year-old recent divorcee lives a seemingly typical life: she spends time with her daughter and grandchildren, uses…

Hannah’s Biography

Film Hannah’s Biography Directed by Patricia Lee An eighty-one-year-old recent divorcee lives a seemingly typical life: she spends time with her daughter and grandchildren, uses…

How Small!

Film How Small! Directed by Charlene Xu A young woman reminisces about her deceased grandmother through unspoken gestures and surreal visual metaphors.

In Living Memory

Film In Living Memory Directed by Quyên Nguyen-Le After the closure of their mother’s nail salon at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, a queer filmmaker…
Documentaries

In Search of Bengali Harlem

Film In Search of Bengali Harlem Directed by Alaudin Ullah, Vivek Bald In Search of Bengali Harlem is a transformative journey, not just for Alaudin Ullah, but for our understanding…

It Takes the Hood to Save the Hood

Film It Takes the Hood to Save the Hood Directed by Harvey Magsaysay Lozada A documentary short created with San Francisco-based violence prevention and youth development organization UNITED PLAYAZ.

Ka Ho’i: The Return

Film Ka Ho’i: The Return Directed by Mitchell Viernes An aging Hawaiian War Veteran grapples with the nightmares of his past in a world that seems to…

Kāhuli

Film Kāhuli Directed by Chris A. Johns Scientists in Hawaii race against time to save rare snails that are both culturally and ecologically significant.

Kåntan Hereru – A Black Smith’s Song

Film Kåntan Hereru – A Black Smith’s Song Directed by Sean Lizama Guam’s only living Master blacksmith shares the importance of his craft to daily life in the past and…

Last Hawiian Sugar

Film Last Hawiian Sugar Directed by Dèjá Cresencia Bernhardt Twelve-year-old Nua makes peace with the mixed emotions she has about the land she lives on when she…
Documentaries

Like a Rolling Stone: The Life and Times of Ben Fong-Torres

Film Like a Rolling Stone: The Life and Times of Ben Fong-Torres Directed by Suzanne Joe Kai Rolling Stone magazine started in San Francisco but made waves across American pop culture. It was shaped and…

Love and Corona

Film Love and Corona Directed by Nicole Maxali and Ratha Nou After losing her job during the pandemic, an energetic wallflower conducts virtual dates on a subscription service site—and…

Lucky Fish

Film Lucky Fish Directed by Emily May Jampel Stifled by the expectations of her strict and heteronormative family, a young girl has a dreamy chance encounter…

Malditas

Film Malditas Directed by Bree Nieves Two AAPI/FilAm cousins, three years apart, meet in a rural Florida cemetery, and grapple with what remains of…
Documentaries

Mixed

Film Mixed Directed by Caty Borum Chattoo & Leena Jayaswal It has been 50 years since Loving v. Virginia, a landmark case that ended the persecution of interracial…
Narratives

Mud Water

Film Mud Water Directed by My-Linh Le Set in Oakland where turfing started, MUD WATER is just as much a blend of styles in dance…

My Chinatown, With Aloha

Film My Chinatown, With Aloha Directed by Kimberlee Bassford Fourth-generation Chinese American Kimberlee Bassford explores her family’s relationship to Honolulu Chinatown and the parallels between the COVID-19…

My Name is Lai

Film My Name is Lai Directed by Lucy Saephan Lai, a Mien American elder, shares her memories as a refugee survivor of war in hopes to heal…

On All Fronts

Film On All Fronts Directed by Joua Lee Grande A Minneapolis family navigates difficult conversations about how the violence and racial reckoning of 2020-21 impacted them as…

Only the Moon Stands Still

Film Only the Moon Stands Still Directed by Johnson Cheng When a modernizing world obscures a fading ballroom dance studio, the owner’s talented daughter must decide between her…

Pili Ka Mo’o

Film Pili Ka Mo’o Directed by Justyn Ah Chong The Fukumitsu ʻOhana (family) of Hakipuʻu are Native Hawaiian taro farmers and keepers of this generational practice. While…
Panels & Conversations

First Look: Plague at the Golden Gate

Special Event First Look: Plague at the Golden Gate This special presentation highlights excerpts from Li-Shin Yu’s documentary for PBS’ American Experience about the 1900 bubonic plague...

Recording for Dodie

Film Recording for Dodie Directed by Frances Rubio After fourteen months physically apart, a Filipino daughter struggling with depression finally reunites with her COVID-survivor father at…

River of Small Gods

Film River of Small Gods Directed by Bradley Tangonan On the brink of eviction, a Hawaiian woman takes a job from a mysterious sculptor to retrieve stones…
Narratives

Silent River

Film Silent River Directed by Chris Chan Lee Elliot checks into a motel, estranged from but hoping to reunite with his wife. Broke, broken, and in…

Thank You, Come Again

Film Thank You, Come Again Directed by Nirav Bhakta After the trigger of a hate crime, an undocumented Indian American convenience store clerk comes crashing into his…

The Lookout

Film The Lookout Directed by J.P. Dobrin A Cambodian American refugee experiences freedom again after being behind bars for 20 years. But the potential of…

The Return

Film The Return Directed by Hena Ashraf An analytical filmmaker wrestles with the sudden death of her estranged father—and the overwhelming agony brought upon by…

Thơ

Film Thơ Directed by Heather Muriel Nguyen, Jake Villadoid Thơ ventures into romance as a Vietnamese-American panromantic asexual/ace looking for acceptance and respect.

Zona

Film Zona Directed by Masami Kawai In a near-future where a devastating drought ravages Los Angeles and separates classes into castes, a tenacious elderly…