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Asian American Panorama

The best of Asian American cinema in all of its colors – from documentaries about the famous and infamous, to feature-length tales of woe and humor.

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…
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…
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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…
Asian American Panorama

BUFFALO BOYS

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BUFFALO BOYS

Directed by Mike Wiluan
Smoke-filled, action-packed, dust-covered Indonesian spin on the classic western. In the 19th century, American-born Indonesian gunslingers return to…
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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…
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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…
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…
Asian American Panorama

HAVANA DIVAS

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HAVANA DIVAS

Directed by S. Louisa Wei
Caridad and Georgina, both with Cuban mothers and Chinese fathers, grew up in Havana performing Cantonese opera as…
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.…
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,…
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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…
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TO KILL ALICE

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TO KILL ALICE

Directed by Kim Sangkyu
Literal explosives light the media firestorm surrounding Eunmi, a South Korean in America who rethinks her anti-Communist upbringing…
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…