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CENTERPIECE FILM: INVENTING TOMORROW

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CENTERPIECE FILM: INVENTING TOMORROW

Directed by Laura Nix
Science mixes with young adult passion in this exhilarating dose of hope and Inspector Gadget genius. Teens from…

APPLE HARVEST

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APPLE HARVEST

Directed by Jebby Zhang
A coming-of-age story of a small apple with a big life ahead of her.
Asian American Panorama

1985

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1985

Directed by Yen Tan
It’s the Bible Belt during the AIDS crisis and Adrian is returning home for Xmas for possibly the…

$30 TO ANTARTICA

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$30 TO ANTARTICA

Directed by Joey Chu
The filmmaker interviews her mother Ka Foon, a well-respected doctor in Hong Kong, on the inordinate challenges of…

A FAREWELL

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A FAREWELL

Directed by Yifei He
After his death, young Han Chinese woman explores her grandfather's Muslim faith, turning heads and revealing neglected family…

A RADISH TALE

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A RADISH TALE

Directed by Olivia Asis
Swept away from his family, a young radish is forced to face his greatest fears.

A YEAR

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A YEAR

Directed by Jisun Jamie Kim
A woman in a Nepalese village, having abandoned her childhood dreams of becoming a doctor, considers becoming a…

AFTER/LIFE

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AFTER/LIFE

Directed by Puck Lo
At the Arizona/Mexico border a surreal juxtaposition of the military training architectures of simulated war, bombs, and fake…

ALICE AT THE STORE

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ALICE AT THE STORE

Directed by Chris Woon-Chen
Meet Alice Eng, who stubbornly takes a daily walk in the Capitol Hill area of Seattle to the…

AMERICAN BORN CONFUSED DESI

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AMERICAN BORN CONFUSED DESI

Directed by Anvita Gurung
An insider’s look at the challenging world of expectations and stereotypes surrounding second generation Indian American youth.
Asian American Panorama

AUGUST AT AKIKO’S

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AUGUST AT AKIKO’S

Directed by Christopher Makoto Yogi
Saxophone in hand, Alex goes searching for his grandparents on the Big Island, only to discover they have…
Asian American Panorama

BETWEEN TIDES

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BETWEEN TIDES

Directed by Masa Fox
As the Bonin Islands passed back and forth between US and Japan rule after WWII, for a young…
Asian American Panorama

THE BIG HOUSE

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THE BIG HOUSE

Directed by Alex Brenner, Audrey Meyers, Britty Bonine, Catie DeWitt, Daniel Kahn, Dylan Hancook, Hannah Noel, Jacob Rich, Kazuhiro Soda, Kevin Tocco, Markus Nornes, Rachael Kerr, Sarika Tyagi, Sean Moore, Terri Sarris, V. Prasad, Vesal Stoakley
Endorphins flood the senses in this observational doc about UMich’s football stadium, which hosts a jaw-dropping 100,000 visitors.…
Asian American Panorama

BITTER MELON

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BITTER MELON

Directed by H.P. Mendoza
A dark revenge comedy featuring a Filipino American family overcoming domestic violence demons with the worst son ever.…
Asian American Panorama

BLOWIN’ UP

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BLOWIN’ UP

Directed by Stephanie Wang-Breal
Deep in Queens, Judge Toko Serita has created a courtroom remarkably uninterested in crime. A space where women…
Asian American Panorama

A BREAD FACTORY, PART ONE

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A BREAD FACTORY, PART ONE

Directed by Patrick Wang
A multi-purpose arts space, run by an old couple and an omnipresent child projectionist, stands up against a…
Asian American Panorama

A BREAD FACTORY, PART TWO

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A BREAD FACTORY, PART TWO

Directed by Patrick Wang
The threads, so precisely woven in Part One, start to show their seams in Part Two, and the…

BRUJERÍA

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BRUJERÍA

Directed by Vivian Muñoz
With silent conflict brewing within young and old latinx alike, god fearing macho facades must fall. Mental health…
Asian American Panorama

CALL HER GANDA

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CALL HER GANDA

Directed by PJ Raval
Transgender woman Jennifer Laude is found dead in a motel bathroom in the Philippines, last seen with an…

CHANGYOU’S JOURNEY

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CHANGYOU’S JOURNEY

Directed by Perry S. Chen
A young animator’s tribute to inspire his father during a long battle with cancer, this story shares a…

CLIQUE BAIT

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CLIQUE BAIT

Directed by Anna Mikami
The beeps of cell phones and clicks of taxi meters move us deeper into a tense epicenter where…

COME & TAKE IT

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COME & TAKE IT

Directed by Ellen Spiro, PJ Raval
A blast of high-energy, can-do mobilizing as a group of electrifying women set off a movement with an…

COSMIC DENTAL ASSOCIATES OF CLIFTON, NJ

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COSMIC DENTAL ASSOCIATES OF CLIFTON, NJ

Directed by JP Chan
Absurdly fun mock commercial for an astro-dentistry specializing in comet removals, black holes in oral cavities, and crab…

DEPENDENT

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DEPENDENT

Directed by Drake Presto
Filipino daughters open up about their homelives and family experiences living with military fathers.

DIRECTOR OF SUCCESS OR: HOW I LEARN TO SHOOT A FILM

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DIRECTOR OF SUCCESS OR: HOW I LEARN TO SHOOT A FILM

Directed by Kun-Yu Lai
Quirky and irreverent short about a first-time director who turns his one shot at success into a tumultuous…

EVOLVE ME

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EVOLVE ME

Directed by Daniel Chung
An eager Nozzle rises to the challenge to save his friends and prove his worth.
Asian American Panorama

FICTION AND OTHER REALITIES

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FICTION AND OTHER REALITIES

Directed by Bobby Choy, Steve Lee
Bobby (aka real-life musician Big Phony) is a singer-songwriter who can’t seem to find his place in New…

FINDING HOME

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FINDING HOME

Directed by Abraham Troen
A revealing look at the journey of Brandon, who gave up family, friends, and a job in China…

FIRST GENERATION

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FIRST GENERATION

Directed by Jeannie Nguyen
With a psyche stretched between white and yellow, a Vietnamese American teenager dabbles in blue eyes and blond…
Asian American Panorama

FISH BONES

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FISH BONES

Directed by Joanne Mony Park
Model-turned-actress Joony Kim stars as Hana, who floats between working at her family restaurant, off-kilter modeling gigs, and…

FOLLOW YOUR HEART

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FOLLOW YOUR HEART

Directed by Madeline Atwater
A Filipino American family discusses the balance between choosing a career and following dreams, sharing their views on…

FOR HERE OR TO GO

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FOR HERE OR TO GO

Directed by Ryan Nguyen
A Vietnamese family discusses working in their restaurant as a way of preserving their culture and how they…

FOR NEVER

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FOR NEVER

Directed by Trish Lai
An experimental narrative film highlighting the emotions felt by Asian American families headed by single moms.

FUCK ME OR DESTROY ME

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FUCK ME OR DESTROY ME

Directed by Aisha Mirza
Withering between genres and sensibilities in a fur strut swag, the ultimate “screw off” anthem to society’s ridiculous…

GRANDMOTHER AND ME

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GRANDMOTHER AND ME

Directed by Kat Cole
A cinematic letter to a transphobic 100-year-old grandmother-in-law, and a fianceé’s loving attempts to navigate family visits.

GREATER THAN HOMELESS

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GREATER THAN HOMELESS

Directed by Katie Jose
Conversations revealing that living without a home doesn’t make you less of a person.

HOÀI (ONGOING, MEMORY)

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HOÀI (ONGOING, MEMORY)

Directed by Quyên Nguyen-Le
In the midst of anti-immigrant protests, Hoài moves back in with her father after a breakup with her…
Discoveries

INLAND SEA

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INLAND SEA

Directed by Kazuhiro Soda
Surrounded by cats in a remote Japanese village, fishing is braided into the lifestyles of all its aging…

JEOM

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JEOM

Directed by Kangmin Kim
A man struggles with a passed-down family legacy; a giant birthmark on his buttock.

JIEJIE

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JIEJIE

Directed by Feng I Fiona Roan
Lice sets the tense stage for a recently immigrated single mother and two daughters, who bicker and boil…

JOURNEY VISION PART I & II

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JOURNEY VISION PART I & II

Directed by JooYoung Choi
Imagine Yo Gabba Gabba exploding into intergalactic space, mixed with music videos, trippy adoption themes, and a glorious…

JUNE

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JUNE

Directed by Huay-Bing Law
What is at stake for a Chinese American woman in an uppity Texas university in 1955? With glorious…

JUST A KID FROM SEATTLE

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JUST A KID FROM SEATTLE

Directed by JJ Augustavo
An exploration of intersecting Filipino and Black communities in Seattle Southside and an ode to hometowns, Jose spends…

KILLINGS

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KILLINGS

Directed by Joseph Mangat
Reenactments of a series of President Duterte extra-judicial killings in Manila, violence which foregrounds the murders’ abrupt incision…

KIMCHI

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KIMCHI

Directed by Jackson Kiyoshi Segars
Marrying into a Korean American family in disarray over the grandmother’s choice of death, a Japanese American man…

KNOCK, KNOCK, KNOCK

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KNOCK, KNOCK, KNOCK

Directed by Arom Choi
One woman in a cramped humid room carries on with stretching, solo dance, and piling ramen bowls until…

KOREATOWN

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KOREATOWN

Directed by Grant Hyun
Sexy danger blankets an insular Koreatown host bar, where paid fantasy mixes with real longings, underground economies, and…

LA ÚNICA OPCIÓN

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LA ÚNICA OPCIÓN

Directed by Clara Siliezar
Through a separation of generations, three Salvadoran men share difficult decisions and how they persevered to find new…
Asian American Panorama

LATE LIFE: THE CHIEN-MING WANG STORY

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LATE LIFE: THE CHIEN-MING WANG STORY

Directed by Frank W Chen
Former New York Yankees pitcher and “Pride of Taiwan,” Chien-Ming Wang, finds himself without a job in Major…
Asian American Panorama

LEITIS IN WAITING

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LEITIS IN WAITING

Directed by Dean Hamer, Hina Wong-Kalu, Joe Wilson
Transgender women in Tonga must fight religious fundamentalism and intolerance in a kingdom that once treasured their role.…

LETTER TO MY CHILDREN

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LETTER TO MY CHILDREN

Directed by Joseph Juhn
An imaginary letter from a Korean man who lived in Mexico as slave labor and in Cuba as…

LIMBOLAND

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LIMBOLAND

Directed by Melanie Ramos
Estranged from her traditional Filipino family for years, Grace returns home for her mother’s funeral, only to discover…

LIQUOR STORE BABIES

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LIQUOR STORE BABIES

Directed by So Yun Um
Raised behind the counter, two Los Angeles Korean Americans come to terms with their parents career choices.

LUMPIA CAMPESINA

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LUMPIA CAMPESINA

Directed by Robert Karimi
House party memories and the search for halal lumpia animate this uninhibited parody filled with irreverent humor and…

MAN OF PA-ALING

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MAN OF PA-ALING

Directed by E del Mundo
Sweeping underwater cinematography takes us into the world of an aged Filipino deep sea fisherman on his last…

MATCH

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MATCH

Directed by Zulfiya Hamzaki
From matchmaker, to client, and back again, with each pass, this documentary opens up stories from eloquent angles.…

MAYBE

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MAYBE

Directed by Kat Cole
A joyful ode to coming-of-age and exploring new sexualities as a young Filipina in Hawaii.

MEA CULPA

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MEA CULPA

Directed by Meng Yu
A robbery planned for all of the right reasons.

MONOGAMISH

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MONOGAMISH

Directed by Nardeep Khurmi
A gorgeously modern take on monogamy and relationships through the eyes of two rich South Asians, with a…

NAI NAI

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NAI NAI

Directed by Wyatt Wu
An embedded camera lives with the filmmaker’s grandma, riveting us with her strong will, electric scenes of reckoning,…

NICE

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NICE

Directed by Andrew Ahn
A Korean American woman more familiar with chilling on the living room floor in Minnesota with her guy…

NIGHT FAT

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NIGHT FAT

Directed by Dolan Chorng
Hilariously sad and gorgeously framed short about loneliness, queerness and Asian’ness wrapped into a one night interlude with…

OKAASAN (MOM)

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OKAASAN (MOM)

Directed by Kana Hatakeyama
Beautifully captures the delicate intimacy, irritations, and longings between a single mother and an adult daughter struggling to…

ONE LAST TASTE

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ONE LAST TASTE

Directed by Yucong Chen
The bittersweet taste of the last bite of your grandma’s dumplings.
Asian American Panorama

ORIGIN STORY

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ORIGIN STORY

Directed by Kulap Vilaysack
At 14, Kulap discovered that the man she called father was in fact not. Now a successful entertainer,…

OUR MAN IN TOKYO (THE BALLAD OF SHIN MIYATA)

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OUR MAN IN TOKYO (THE BALLAD OF SHIN MIYATA)

Directed by Akira Boch
With music and shout outs to Ritchie Valens and La Bamba, meet Shin Miyata, a Japanese record label…

PRACTICE

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PRACTICE

Directed by Iyabo Kwayana
Shaolin practice session perfectly jumps between Wiseman-esque details, lush swirls of martial arts hypnosis, and Busby Berkeley effects…

REFLECTION

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REFLECTION

Directed by Hannah Park
When a high school girl tries to give up what she loves in order to fit in, her…

REUNION

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REUNION

Directed by Mai Shirai
A dedicated woman, traveling to her boyfriend’s hometown, recalls fond and loving memories.
Masters

RYUICHI SAKAMOTO: ASYNC AT THE PARK AVENUE ARMORY

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RYUICHI SAKAMOTO: ASYNC AT THE PARK AVENUE ARMORY

Directed by Stephen Nomura Schible
Legendary composer Ryuichi Sakamoto (The Revenant, The Last Emperor) performs his latest and most personal work, the acclaimed…

SALAMAGAN

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SALAMAGAN

Directed by Elisa Oh
When her Catholic mother needs help cleaning a hoarder house, Ana enlists her secret girlfriend for the job.

SHARE

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SHARE

Directed by Barna Szász, Ellie Wen
Funny and moving counterpoint to the criticism that technology isolates rather than connects, through a portrait of queer…

SIDE BY SIDE: OUT OF A SOUTH KOREAN ORPHANAGE AND INTO THE WORLD

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SIDE BY SIDE: OUT OF A SOUTH KOREAN ORPHANAGE AND INTO THE WORLD

Directed by Glenn Morey, Julie Morey
Korean adoptees from around the world share crisp stories about childhood, homecomings, and scars from past lives. A…

SLURP

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SLURP

Directed by Anya Martin
Two brothers accept a challenge much bigger than they can...slurp. Will they come out as champions?

SONDER

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SONDER

Directed by Neth Nom
When Finn and Natalie’s long path together comes to an end, Finn finds himself paralyzed by fear, lost…

SPACE BUTTHOLE

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SPACE BUTTHOLE

Directed by David Chai
Mankind has been crapping on the universe for too long and it's finally blasting back.
Asian American Panorama

STAYCATION

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STAYCATION

Directed by Tanuj Chopra
Sex, more sex, indecent proposals, and Indian food tensions punctuate every minute of Tanuj Chopra’s latest dramedy about…

STROKES FROM NATURE

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STROKES FROM NATURE

Directed by Sidney Oung
A Chinese American artist shares her experience, process, and feelings as a painter.

SUMMER ORANGE

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SUMMER ORANGE

Directed by Chen Xu
A delicate love pentagon with filmmaking, as a Chinese director struggles to shoot a film in the US,…

THE CRYSTAL CITY

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THE CRYSTAL CITY

Directed by Kenya Gillespie
An internment documentary unlike any other, with a spectral voiceover that reveals German Americans and Japanese Peruvians intersecting…

THE PILGRIMAGE

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THE PILGRIMAGE

Directed by Kevin Duncan Wong
A Chinese American video creative joins his grizzled klepto hippie dad who wants to "walk across America," which…

THE TREE

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THE TREE

Directed by Chuhao Liu
Weird, dirty and sexy, a dystopic sexual circling amongst man, woman, and… dead tree. The three inhabit a…

TIDES

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TIDES

Directed by Masami Kawai
Tension mounts inexplicably and a muted reunion ends with uncertainty as a daughter spends a day at the…

TO ALL THE FOODS I CAN’T EAT

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TO ALL THE FOODS I CAN’T EAT

Directed by Berean Smith
What are food allergies and why do they matter? A look into the deadly disease and its impact…

TO BE FIONA

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TO BE FIONA

Directed by Fiona Lu
Young Fiona seeks advice by paying a visit to her older self.
Asian American Panorama

UNLOVABLE

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UNLOVABLE

Directed by Suzi Yoonessi
Based on the life of lead actor Charlene deGuzman, Joy seeks help for sex addiction and finds herself…
Asian American Panorama

WHITE RABBIT

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WHITE RABBIT

Directed by Daryl Wein
Between eking out a living as a Task Rabbit for entitled moms, bungling her way through love, and…

WORLD DESTROYER

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WORLD DESTROYER

Directed by Anthony Gardea, Rebecca Gill
In this teaser for a feature film project, a young boy meets a mysterious rabbit and is thrust…

YASAMIN

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YASAMIN

Directed by Julia Elihu
An Iranian American girl living in the 80s which amounts to unibrows, rice school lunches, and xenophobic classmates.…

YOKO

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YOKO

Directed by Wesley Fuh
From tradition, intimidation, and expectation, nothing can get in this brave sumo wrestler’s way.

ZERO ONE

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ZERO ONE

Directed by Nick Neon
When Jimmy visits home for the first time in years, he's forced to make peace with the ghost…