Asian American Stories of Resilience and Beyond

While we’ve seen the rise of anti-Asian racism, we’ve also seen the rise of solidarity efforts within Asian American communities, with Asian-Black solidarity movements, and with other BIPOC communities. Here are seven documentary shorts that reflect this moment in time as our community grapples with grief and how to rebuild our lives to make room for more joy and hope. This is a co-production with A-DOC and WORLD Channel.

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In this program


Malditas

Directed by Bree Nieves

Two AAPI/FilAm cousins, three years apart, meet in a rural Florida cemetery, and grapple with what remains of their hometown dreams after the loss of one of their fathers to the pandemic.

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 his nursing home.

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 deportation threatens to take it all the way.

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 a biracial family.

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 pandemic and the 1899-1900 bubonic plague that hit Hawai‘i, highlighting the ways the two public health crises transformed the iconic neighborhood then and now.

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 works with their mother to recover and articulate the legacy of the salon for their refugee family.

Crossroads

Directed by Sarita Khurana

This film takes a close look at the recent “FedEx shooting” in Indianapolis, in the context of a longer history of anti-Asian violence targeting Sikh-Americans since 9-11.

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