Genre

Documentary

Documentaries

Blue Island

Film

Blue Island

Directed by Chan Tze-woon
Generations of people have been fighting for freedom in Hong Kong. Three characters speak of their fight as…
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,…

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…

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…
Documentaries

Delikado

Film

Delikado

Directed by Karl Malakunas
A charismatic lawyer leads good men to their deaths, an ex-illegal logger seeks redemption, a grandmother politician defies…

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…

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.

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…
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…

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…

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…

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…

Shifting Sands

Film

Shifting Sands

Directed by May Thyn Kyi
Every year, thousands of young people like Ma Nwet Yin Win flock to Yangon from Myanmar’s rural dry…

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…