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A Dog’s Story

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A Dog’s Story

Directed by Jill D'Agnenica
Claymation meets slideshow as the arc of a dog's rise and fall from badass guard dog to Chardonnay…

A Sweet and Sour Christmas

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A Sweet and Sour Christmas

Directed by Aram Siu Wai Collier
Welcome to the world of chicken balls and a Canadian Chinese restaurant that is the center of life…

About A Short Film

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About A Short Film

Directed by Kevin Yee
Here’s the short of it: comedian Kevin Yee made a short film about making a short film.

Adorable

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Adorable

Directed by Cheng-Hsu Chung
Using hand drawn and acrylic painting techniques, an experimental exploration of identities, sex, and drugs within the queer…
Asian American Panorama

AMERICAN WOMAN

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AMERICAN WOMAN

Directed by Semi Chellas
Inspired by the Patty Hearst kidnapping, a Japanese American radical must decide whether to protect the granddaughter of…

Baichi and The Three Blind Rats

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Baichi and The Three Blind Rats

Directed by Jeff Fong
A kung fu gang, a garage, and three soon to be sniveling rats.

Bloom

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Bloom

Directed by Melissa Ruiz
Two best friends talk beauty within themselves, media, and culture. They explore how they have grown from conforming…

Brush: A Fox Tale

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Brush: A Fox Tale

Directed by Faustina Arriola, Willi Anton
When a fox subconsciously paints his lovely next door neighbor with his tail, a couple of friends get…
Asian American Panorama

THE CANCER JOURNALS REVISITED

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THE CANCER JOURNALS REVISITED

Directed by Lana Lin
In this deeply stirring and exploratory film, 27 women revisit the 1980 memoir The Cancer Journals, by legendary…

Cherry

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Cherry

Directed by Eugene Kim
It’s Daly City in the 90s and the Sanrio vibe is heavy. Christian can’t catch a break all…

Childhood

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Childhood

Directed by Sumedh Neelakanti
Three friends share their stories about elementary school and reflect how childhood impacted their lives.
Asian American Panorama

CHINATOWN RISING

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CHINATOWN RISING

Directed by Harry Chuck, Josh Chuck
20,000 feet of film gathering dust in Harry Chuck’s garage is now an electrifying documentary, tracing massive changes…

Clam Dog

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Clam Dog

Directed by Jeannie Nguyen
A fast food worker pulls a hot dog out of her vagina. Now a food deliverer is tasked…
Asian American Canon

COLMA: THE MUSICAL

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COLMA: THE MUSICAL

Directed by Richard Wong
Director's Cut. The sleepy cemetery city of Colma is no haven for gays, artists, and dreamers. What better…
Asian American Panorama

COME AS YOU ARE

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COME AS YOU ARE

Directed by Richard Wong
How will two men in wheelchairs and one blind guy get to a Canadian “special needs” brothel to…

Convalescent

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Convalescent

Directed by Cassondra Flanery
Three teens discuss their mental health journey and how it’s impacted their lives, family, and growth.

Cuba Scalds His Hand

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Cuba Scalds His Hand

Directed by Abby Sun & Daniel Garber
Verite vignette bursts with a Latino, Japanese truck-driving, wrist-burning wrangler named Cuba.

Cul-De-Sac

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Cul-De-Sac

Directed by Cara Lawson
Taut window into postpartum for one new mother who hallucinates about killing her baby, while keeping up appearances…

Daughters

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Daughters

Directed by Roxy Morris
Adopted immigrants open up about their experiences with international adoption, finding identity, and redefine the typical American family.

Détourning Asia/America with Valerie Soe

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Détourning Asia/America with Valerie Soe

Directed by Mila Zuo
Eavesdrop on this snappy video chat between artists Valerie Soe and Mila Zuo as they discuss radical appropriations…

Distancing

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Distancing

Directed by Miko Revereza
Footprints home for an undocumented Filipino American, rendered through blurry eyes and DVD rips.

Dong Kae (My Little One)

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Dong Kae (My Little One)

Directed by Steven Go
On the way to drop off his grandson, a grandfather loses contact with him in a crowded marketplace.

Down on the Sidewalk in Waikiki

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Down on the Sidewalk in Waikiki

Directed by Justyn Ah Chong
Experimental and featuring the poetry of Wayne Kaumualiʻi Westlake, a traumatized janitor surrounded by the tourism of Waikiki…
Asian American Panorama

DRIVEWAYS

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DRIVEWAYS

Directed by Andrew Ahn
While cleaning out the house of her late estranged sister, Kathy (played by the great Hong Chau) finds…

Due

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Due

Directed by Anna Mikami
A young undocumented couple in love are on the run after an innocent night escalates out of their…
Asian American Panorama

EMPTY BY DESIGN

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EMPTY BY DESIGN

Directed by Andrea A Walter
Feeling foreign in a country that is supposed to be home, a lonely stuntman and broken hearted grad…

Fayettenam

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Fayettenam

Directed by Gerald Ding
Biracial Muay Thai fighter tries to go pro while fighting demons of the Korean mom who abandoned her.

First

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First

Directed by Daniel Chew, Micaela Durand
A trip that gives that peculiar internet feeling… without the internet. Follow the bored desires of a teen…

Flo’s Bus

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Flo’s Bus

Directed by Dean Ishida
The last trip for Flo, a 77-year-old Hawaii-born, Japanese American woman who organizes bus trips to Vegas for…

Fran This Summer

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Fran This Summer

Directed by Mary Evangelista
Summer love and mixed emotions swirl for a teenage couple whose other half wishes to transition.
Asian American Panorama

GEOGRAPHIES OF KINSHIP

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GEOGRAPHIES OF KINSHIP

Directed by Deann Borshay Liem
Thirty years after the Korean War, South Korea emerged as the leader in international adoption, despite a flourishing…

Gong Ju

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Gong Ju

Directed by Jerome Yoo
The Princess of the school builds a new Queendom when she is forced to move from South Korea…

Good Night

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Good Night

Directed by Makiko Nanke
After being called to bed, a pair of siblings resume their fighting in their dreams.

Grandpa

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Grandpa

Directed by Ellis Kayin Chan, Marine Varguy, Tena Galovic, Yen-Chen Liu, Zozo Jhen
Struggling to come to terms with the death of his grandpa, a young boy meets a new friend…

Hae Hawaiʻi

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Hae Hawaiʻi

Directed by Ty Sanga
A thrilling counter-narrative set during the days of the illegal overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy and US annexation.…

Hieu

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Hieu

Directed by Richard Van
A portrait of grace in spite of aching failure, preternaturally cheerful Hieu chases the fantasy of convincing others–whether…
Asia Pop!

HOPE FROZEN

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HOPE FROZEN

Directed by Pailin Wedel
A riveting look at the Naovaratpongs, a family who cryogenically preserved their daughter in the hopes of reviving…

Hungry Ghost

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Hungry Ghost

Directed by Benjamin Eckersley
An overseas Chinese and Hong Konger do all the things visitors do–eat, take pictures, bicker, while unbeknownst to…

I Think She Likes You

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I Think She Likes You

Directed by Bridey Elliott
Jake thinks he's in for a hot night with two young women, but it’s not quite the threesome…

In Full Bloom

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In Full Bloom

Directed by Maegan Houang
A mysterious trio of worms opens up a sinkhole that threatens to suck up everything in an old…
Asian American Canon

IN THE FAMILY

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IN THE FAMILY

Directed by Patrick Wang
Undeterred by bigotry and armed with nothing but decency and the help of good friends, Joey faces an…
Asian American Panorama

IN THE LAND OF LOST ANGELS

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IN THE LAND OF LOST ANGELS

Directed by Bishrel Mashbat
When two Mongolian American friends in LA need to get rich quick, their plan to ransom a wealthy…

Intermission

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Intermission

Directed by Amiahlina Figueroa
In an apartment building in San Diego, a Chinese couple, a Japanese mom, and a Mexican security guard…

Invincible Boy

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Invincible Boy

Directed by Julian Park
A young comic book nerd aspires to be a superhero in this inspiring tale of friendship and heroism.
Asian American Panorama

JADDOLAND

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JADDOLAND

Directed by Nadia Shihab
Filmmaker Nadia Shihab’s smart, inquisitive, and tender look at her mother, Lahib Jaddo, a prolific Iraqi artist living…

Jeremiah

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Jeremiah

Directed by Kenya Gillespie
A high school football player confronts his deepest fears after an encounter with a mysterious figure.
Asian American Panorama

JERONIMO

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JERONIMO

Directed by Joseph Juhn
An encounter with a taxi driver unearths the little-known history of Koreans trafficked to Latin America and the…

Kaaway (Enemy)

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Kaaway (Enemy)

Directed by Wester Demandante
Two young boys, one Fil Am and one from the Philippines, get in a fight only to be…

Kālewa

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Kālewa

Directed by Mitchel Viernes
While painful memories play back of a family rift during his last night on Earth, a Hawaiian astronaut…
Asian American Panorama

A KANDAHAR AWAY

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A KANDAHAR AWAY

Directed by Aisha Jamal
Kandahar, Saskatchewan is pretty inconspicuous until Abdul Bari Jamal impulsively buys land for his city-loving kids to remind…

Kid Sister

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Kid Sister

Directed by Ysabella Smiley
In this love letter to childhood fantasies, a born entertainer uses her love of performing to honor her…

Kiss of the Rabbit God

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Kiss of the Rabbit God

Directed by Andrew Thomas Huang
A Chinese restaurant worker falls in love with a Qing dynasty god, who takes him on a journey…

Last Taxi Dance

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Last Taxi Dance

Directed by Brayden Yoder
As idyllic Hawaiian songs reveal hidden resistance, a taxi dance hall sets the stage for a tense encounter…

Leotard

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Leotard

Directed by Stephanie Cheng
In a series of captivating but strangely off-putting encounters, a young ballerina and all her bodily sensations awaken…

Les lèvres gercées

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Les lèvres gercées

Directed by Fabien Corre & Kelsi Phung
White noise and scraping plates sound as a mother and child struggle over the child’s gender identity.

Lighthouse

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Lighthouse

Directed by Sining Xiang
It’s dog-eat-dog in this school of brutal and rich international Chinese students, as one student does anything she…
Asian American Panorama

LINGUA FRANCA

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LINGUA FRANCA

Directed by Isabel Sandoval
Director and lead actress Isabel Sandoval ignites the screen with this tense drama about an undocumented Filipina transwoman…

Lotus

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Lotus

Directed by Beibei Xu
When a goody two-shoes teenager walks on the wild side, she loses the lucky jade bracelet her Buddhist…
Asian American Panorama

LOVE BOAT: TAIWAN

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LOVE BOAT: TAIWAN

Directed by Valerie Soe
Since the 1960s, the Taiwan government has hosted summer culture camps for young overseas Chinese. But “Love Boat,”…

Lucky Girl

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Lucky Girl

Directed by Sidi Wang
An 8-year-old Chinese adoptee treads water in a swimming pool of disorientation and identity after meeting her Chinese…
Asian American Panorama

LUCKY GRANDMA

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LUCKY GRANDMA

Directed by Sasie Sealy
Grandma Wong can’t stand the idea of leaving her Chinatown apartment and moving in to her son’s posh…

Lucky’s

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Lucky’s

Directed by Teddy Ninh
Memories of a dad’s Chinese food truck collide with the strange synthetic prisms of 3D animation.

Made with Love

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Made with Love

Directed by Sophia Lee
Stories from the owners of three Korean inspired restaurants in Convoy about how food brings families together.

Manila is Full of Men Named Boy

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Manila is Full of Men Named Boy

Directed by Andrew Stephen Lee
A man from the States desperate to impress his father in the Philippines, hires a moody boy to…

Marching On

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Marching On

Directed by Matthew Nazloo
Music, marching, and drumming. All parts of Marching Band, but what most people don't know, is that there…

Master of Divinity

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Master of Divinity

Directed by Eugene Suen
When his wife announces that God wants her to quit her job, a struggling filmmaker panics.

Mortis

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Mortis

Directed by Xindi Lou
A night on the job turns agonizing when a closeted autopsy assistant finds a familiar body on his…

My Mother Told Me

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My Mother Told Me

Directed by Yasmin Rai
Positive or negative, our mothers’ “loving” advice will never leave us.
Asian American Panorama

NO DATA PLAN

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NO DATA PLAN

Directed by Miko Revereza
Digital camera in tow, filmmaker Miko Revereza travels by train across the United States capturing fleeting conversations between…
Special Presentations

THE PARADISE WE ARE LOOKING FOR

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THE PARADISE WE ARE LOOKING FOR

Directed by Joseph Mangat, Norbert Shieh, Quyên Nguyen-Le, R.J. Lozada
ENCORE SCREENING Tues 11/12 @ 5p! San Diego has been called many things – including a paradise. It’s…

PINK SLIME CAESAR SHIFT: Proposal 2

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PINK SLIME CAESAR SHIFT: Proposal 2

Directed by Jen Liu
A speculative proposal to solve meat shortage and labor exploitation in South China: secretly inject labor activism documents…

Prom Time!

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Prom Time!

Directed by Jessica Liu
Two sisters talk about prom sex while their mother accidentally takes some of her home-grown aphrodisiac in a…

Quince

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Quince

Directed by Arianna Washington
Quince reflects on the different perspectives of the familial, social, and cultural pressures on teens to have a…
Asian American Canon

REFUGEE

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REFUGEE

Directed by Spencer Nakasako
Three young Cambodian American men who grew up in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district take a trip to Cambodia…
Asian American Panorama

RITUALS OF RESISTANCE

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RITUALS OF RESISTANCE

Directed by Joy Dietrich, Tenzin Phuntsog
A stunning journey from India to San Diego portrays three generations of Tibetans in exile who adopt wildly…

Salaam

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Salaam

Directed by Daud Abdinasir
A documentary exploring three perspectives of Muslim American Teenagers.
Asian American Canon

SAVING FACE

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SAVING FACE

Directed by Alice Wu
Surgeon Wil, a closeted lesbian, must suddenly take in her pregnant, unwed mother as a roommate, while hiding…

Scenes From a Real Marriage: I am Marissa

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Scenes From a Real Marriage: I am Marissa

Directed by Michelle Krusiec
Marissa and Mark haven’t had sex for a year. Now, they’re back in couples counseling for the third…
Asian American Panorama

SEADRIFT

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SEADRIFT

Directed by Tim Tsai
Investigating a sensational courtroom case, KKK targeting, and the capacity for reconciliation years later, director Tim Tsai revisits…

Shattered

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Shattered

Directed by Suyoung Jang
Don’t conform to the male mold. Let’s SHATTER the glass...wall!

Signal

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Signal

Directed by Chloé Hung
After finding an abandoned home in a post-apocalyptic future, a young couple is conflicted between staying isolated in…

Sister

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Sister

Directed by Siqi Song
Gorgeous felted stop-motion animation dedicated to the what if’s in life and the siblings we never had.

Snakeskin

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Snakeskin

Directed by Grace Zhang
A young girl’s stress from her parent’s financial situation emerges as a horrible skin condition.

Stay Awake, Be Ready

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Stay Awake, Be Ready

Directed by Pham Thien An
A motorcycle accident, a boy who eats fire, three friends perched by a street stall. The night is…
Special Presentations

STRAIGHT UP

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STRAIGHT UP

Directed by James Sweeney
Todd is a gay man in his 20's, and his love life is absolutely dead. His OCD fear…
Asian American Panorama

STRAY DOLLS

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STRAY DOLLS

Directed by Sonejuhi Sinha
Riz left a secret life in India only to end up cleaning rooms at a sketchy motel in…

Student Bodies

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Student Bodies

Directed by Ho Rui An
A chilling essay film about intellectual, cultural, and economic debt, seen and heard through documents of protest and…

Suzie Wrong

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Suzie Wrong

Directed by Stacie Gancayco-Adlao
Get your pumps on and your eyeliner on point. Start swiping right and remember to shut down racist…

Table Stakes

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Table Stakes

Directed by Khai Thu Nguyen
On the very edge of subculture, two Black comic book writers try to make it in the independent…

Taiwanese Cha Cha Cha

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Taiwanese Cha Cha Cha

Directed by YuHui (Judie) Yang
A young woman defies her mother by visiting her grandpa in the countryside, with a spunky Taiwanese interpreter…

The Dawn of Ape

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The Dawn of Ape

Directed by Mirai Mizue
A psychedelic animation made for chimpanzees is finally offered for humans to view.

The Love Motel

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The Love Motel

Directed by Henry Chen
When her home is no longer an option, a young lebian woman checks into a love motel in…

The Mask from Home

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The Mask from Home

Directed by Jordan Hwang
The daughter of a Peking Opera dancer is the new kid at an American school, along with a…

The Moon and The Night

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The Moon and The Night

Directed by Erin Lau
Set in rural Hawai’i, Mahina is faced with a difficult decision when she realizes her beloved pit bull…

The Pit Where We Were Born

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The Pit Where We Were Born

Directed by Alexander Bocchieri
When a son returns from prison unannounced, he surprises his father digging an imu pit to celebrate his…

The Wheel Turns

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The Wheel Turns

Directed by Sang Joon Kim
When a subway driver falls into the mind-numbing routine of a life, a trippy frog-induced awakening may have…

Unspoken

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Unspoken

Directed by Patrick G. Lee
Six queer and trans Asian Americans grapple with their identities, while considering what family acceptance might look like.
Discoveries

VAI

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VAI

Directed by ‘Ofa-Ki-Levuka Guttenbeil-Likiliki, Amberley Jo Aumua, Becs Arahanga, Dianna Fuemana, Marina Alofagia McCartney, Matasila Freshwater, Miria George, Nicole Whippy
From the producers of Waru, the profound and poetic life story of Vai--from struggling young girl to ceremonial…

Water Melts

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Water Melts

Directed by Lilian Mehrel, Mary Evangelista
In this touching portrait of romance and healing, beachgoers experience a temporary space between life and death that…

Woodside

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Woodside

Directed by Vicente Roxas
A young typhoon survivor sees his dead parents everywhere, is a little obsessed with CPR, and practices slow…
Asian American Panorama

YELLOW ROSE

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YELLOW ROSE

Directed by Diane Paragas
Country musical meets immigration road story as 17-year-old undocumented Rose chases music stardom while looking over her shoulder…