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The 90 Day Plan

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The 90 Day Plan

Directed by Gabriela Garcia Medina
How will Lorena, a high school girl (obsessed with heist movies), and her bff (obsessed with butt implants)…

Ahma & Alan

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Ahma & Alan

Directed by James Y. Shih
When Alan, an American teacher working at a kindergarten in Taiwan, is taken in by law enforcement, his…

Alienated

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Alienated

Directed by Seok-Young Yang
A Korean undergrad in California explores body issues and their entanglement with family and being a student abroad.
Asia Pop!

ASSASSINS

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ASSASSINS

Directed by Ryan White
Perfect killers or accidental pawns? Real-life spy thriller as two women wipe a toxin on Kim Jong-un's brother's…
Asian American Panorama

SDAFF Drive-In! presents BE WATER

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SDAFF Drive-In! presents BE WATER

Directed by Bao Nguyen
With interviews, outtakes, and glorious archival footage, a dynamic and crucial look at Bruce Lee as an icon,…

Beer! Beer!

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Beer! Beer!

Directed by Popo Fan
In this mischievous anti-romance, it’s after hours in Berlin, and clubgoer Tao has attracted Sebastian, a semi-fetishizing vegan…

Big Happiness

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Big Happiness

Directed by Da Hee Kim
The uncanniness of adoption from the POV of the filmmaker, an adult Korean adoptee, navigating awkward dinner table…

Blast Burn

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Blast Burn

Directed by Jonathan Patrick Thomas, Steve Nguyen
With an unusual mix of animation and live sequences, the director tells a personal journey from pain to…

The Boat People

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The Boat People

Directed by Tuan Andrew Nguyen
Set in an unspecified future, the last humans on earth are children on an island named Bataan. While…

Can’t judge〜Corona and the Japanese government 20XX version〜

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Can’t judge〜Corona and the Japanese government 20XX version〜

Directed by Yuri Sasamoto
Slapdash and irrational, an absurdly funny low-fi/sci-fi short about a hapless bureaucrat complicit in a fascist invasion… with…
Asian American Panorama

THE CELINE ARCHIVE

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THE CELINE ARCHIVE

Directed by Celine Parreñas Shimizu
The ghost of one Celine haunts another as filmmaker Celine Parreñas Shimizu uncovers a 1932 Filipino-American community pushing,…

The Chicken

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The Chicken

Directed by Neo Sora
On a steamy New York day, Japanese immigrant Hiro wanders the city with his cousin, preparing to butcher…
Asian American Panorama

CURTAIN UP!

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CURTAIN UP!

Directed by Hui Tong, Kelly Ng
Students at a NYC Chinatown elementary school work, play, and sing through a theatrical production of Frozen, while…

Dancing with Myself

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Dancing with Myself

Directed by Ciera Millard
Dedicated Dance Dance Revolution players share their love of the community. During an unprecedented time, they persevere and…
Surrogate Valentine Trilogy

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS

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DAYLIGHT SAVINGS

Directed by Dave Boyle
When a heartbroken Goh Nakamura love-clicks with fellow musician Yea-Ming Chen, he decides to test fate and find…
Asian American Panorama

DEFINITION PLEASE

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DEFINITION PLEASE

Directed by Sujata Day
Other former Spelling Bee champs go on to glory. Monica Choudry hasn't left her mom's house. With her…

Digital Funeral: Beta Version

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Digital Funeral: Beta Version

Directed by Sorayos Prapapan
Within a 360 loop from the center of a cluttered bedroom, a filmmaker prepares for his funeral.
Asian American Panorama

THE DONUT KING

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THE DONUT KING

Directed by Alice Gu
Meet Ted Ngoy, the tenacious refugee behind the pink box who is single-handedly responsible for the fact that…
Special Presentations

DOWN A DARK STAIRWELL

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DOWN A DARK STAIRWELL

Directed by Ursula Liang
CENTERPIECE FILM - After the murder of the unarmed Akai Gurley by Peter Liang, a Chinese American cop,…

Excuse Me, Miss, Miss, Miss

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Excuse Me, Miss, Miss, Miss

Directed by Sonny Calvento
Vangie turns "mamsir" drudgery into surrealist conspiracy in this hilariously odd department store dystopia.
Asian American Panorama

EXPORT MY LOVE

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EXPORT MY LOVE

Directed by Jinglin Li
This cross-continental documentary follows Chinese-American Jany Murphy, part matchmaker, part modern day Cyrano de Bergerac, as she tries…

Far From Kawthoolei

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Far From Kawthoolei

Directed by Brian Myers
In City Heights, San Diego, a tightknit refugee community center instills the Karen language, culture and legacy of…

Felt Love

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Felt Love

Directed by Angeline Vu, Arlene Bongco
With a mix of animation technique, a heartfelt portrait of mutual love between a kid who feels invisible…
Asian American Panorama

FINDING YINGYING

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FINDING YINGYING

Directed by Jiayan "Jenny" Shi
In June 2017, Yingying Zhang, a Chinese visiting scholar, mysteriously vanished from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus.…

Forget Alberto For Now

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Forget Alberto For Now

Directed by Beina Xu
Alberto keeps getting refused refugee status. Alberto also keeps refusing to participate in this film (about refugees).

The Gold Mountain

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The Gold Mountain

Directed by Brandon Mah
After World War II, young Chinese immigrant John Woo moves to California to find success in this mysterious…

The Granddaughter Detective

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The Granddaughter Detective

Directed by YuHui (Judie) Yang
Judie's visit to her grandmother sparks a conversation about language barriers, generational gaps, and the resilience of familial…
Asian American Panorama

GYOPO

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GYOPO

Directed by Samuel Kiehoon Lee
With a French New Wave aesthetic and a killer Korean psychedelic rock soundtrack, a motley mix of Korean…

Hajun Blooms

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Hajun Blooms

Directed by Ji Yoon Kim
Evoking queer films of the 40s–90s, repressed queer desire confronts the dark heart of the Church.

Hello From Taiwan

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Hello From Taiwan

Directed by Tiffany Frances
Three young girls have to learn to get along when their family is unsettled by their parents' marital…

How We’re Gonna Make It Through Till The Morning Sun

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How We’re Gonna Make It Through Till The Morning Sun

Directed by Mackie Mallison
Shot in fresh, inventive style, Mari and Ezekiel try to stay up all night to avoid night terrors…

I Bought A Time Machine

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I Bought A Time Machine

Directed by Yeon Park
A young woman buys a time machine for her father off of eBay, and enters the odd world…
Surrogate Valentine Trilogy

I WILL MAKE YOU MINE

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I WILL MAKE YOU MINE

Directed by Lynn Chen
Three women rethink their lives when their mutual ex saunters back into town in this musical continuation of…

Inches From Covid

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Inches From Covid

Directed by Angela Rodriguez
A close look at two workers in the VA San Diego Healthcare System and how coronavirus affects their…

Junipero Serra

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Junipero Serra

Directed by Reagan Pendarvis
Students share opinions about the potential name change happening at Junipero Serra High School.

Kama’āina (Child of the Land)

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Kama’āina (Child of the Land)

Directed by Kimi Howl Lee
Blending fiction and reality, Mahina, a queer Native Hawaiian teenager is unhoused and navigates a life of stolen…

La Gloria

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La Gloria

Directed by Mary Evangelista
So much of Gloria is hidden away--their suicide attempt, their queerness. But in their dreams, they're able to…

Latchkeys

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Latchkeys

Directed by E.C. Timmer
A sweet portrait of optimism amidst loneliness, Jenny spends hours at home alone, practicing dance routines to show…

Limitless

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Limitless

Directed by Alan Ding
Riding a skateboard is more than just a sport. These interviews reveal what may be hidden from the…

Logan Lee & The Rise of The Purple Dawn

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Logan Lee & The Rise of The Purple Dawn

Directed by Raymond C. Lai
DJ Logan Lee tries to win back his ex with his wheels of steel but discovers she's with…
Masters

LOVE AND DEATH IN MONTMARTRE

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LOVE AND DEATH IN MONTMARTRE

Directed by Evans Chan
This fantasy romance/real-life documentary reveals the story, secrets, and longings of Qiu Miaojin, a lesbian Taiwanese writer who…
After Life

MAURI

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MAURI

Directed by Merata Mita
A man with an unsettled past and a matriarch with a sixth sense for change face the irreversable…
Asia Pop!

MEMORIES TO CHOKE ON, DRINKS TO WASH THEM DOWN

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MEMORIES TO CHOKE ON, DRINKS TO WASH THEM DOWN

Directed by Kate Reilly, Leung Ming Kai
Four delightful vignettes capture the complex heart of Hong Kong as its people -- young and old, local…

Michelle

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Michelle

Directed by Kenya Gillespie
Olympic skater Michelle Kwan helps Mao resist neighborhood bullies and build an inner world of pure joy.
Special Presentations

MOGUL MOWGLI

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Oct 30 12:00 am - Oct 31 11:59 pm

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MOGUL MOWGLI

Directed by Bassam Tariq
SCREENS FRI & SAT ONLY! CLOSING FILM - Riz Ahmed plays Zed, an up-and-coming rapper who suddenly falls…

The Mourning Papers

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The Mourning Papers

Directed by Negin Farsad
Niloo and Elham are undocumented Iranian American sisters living in New York City who hilariously grapple with how…
Asian American Panorama

MU AND THE VANISHING WORLD

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MU AND THE VANISHING WORLD

Directed by Jessica W. Leung, Paco Beltrán
Mu, a Kayan woman from Myanmar, leaves her life as a tourist attraction in Thailand and resettles in…

Negative Two

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Negative Two

Directed by Daniel Chew, Micaela Durand
Endless Grindr. Cruising an empty theater. Gym bodies and mirrors. As young architect Devin wades in a stream…

Nightcap

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Nightcap

Directed by Nicole De Meneses
A delightfully over-the-top queer vampire film aged 34 years, full-bodied, with a smooth finish.

No Crying At The Dinner Table

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No Crying At The Dinner Table

Directed by Carol Nguyen
A filmmaker cuts deep into silently kept regrets in recorded interviews with her family, then replays them all…

No More Parties

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No More Parties

Directed by Natalie Murao
Rose awkwardly hobbles through a night of karaoke with her friends… well, make that “friends”… only to stumble…

Novena

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Novena

Directed by Nolan Valerio
Teresa comes to terms with her father's death while reconciling "losing her religion" and her desire to escape…

Out of Place

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Out of Place

Directed by Peier "Tracy" Shen
Parallel stories of two lonely neighbors living side-by-side. Hui studies piano and grapples with her own inadequacy, while…

Overachievers

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Overachievers

Directed by Sam Mohney
A campus heist becomes a business student’s escape from a soulless corporate future, as he convinces two friends…
Asian American Panorama

THE PAPER TIGERS

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THE PAPER TIGERS

Directed by Bao Tran
In this action-comedy, coming-of-(middle)-age kung fu flick, three martial arts students reunite after decades apart to find what–or…

Porosity Valley 2: Tricksters’ Plot

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Porosity Valley 2: Tricksters’ Plot

Directed by Ayoung Kim
In a retro-digital future, Petra Genetix is a migrating data cluster who threatens to infect the system.

Poway “Unified”

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Poway “Unified”

Directed by Hailey Jose
BIPOC students share their experiences and struggles of living as a minority on a “white” campus.

Providence

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Providence

Directed by Daniel Lee
It’s about history seeping into the story of a family. It’s about reaching for the stars and California.…

Radical Care: The Auntie Sewing Squad

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Radical Care: The Auntie Sewing Squad

Directed by Valerie Soe
Feeling helpless during the pandemic but armed with sewing machines, a squad bands together to “rage sew” thousands…

Red Ladies

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Red Ladies

Directed by Parida Tantiwasadakran
Somewhere deep in Orange County, a daughter hilariously tries to sabotage her mother's campaign to become the first…

The Rose of Manila

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The Rose of Manila

Directed by Alex Westfall
What is love when made real? Beauty. Archival footage and reenactment evoke a formative moment in the life…

Self Love

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Self Love

Directed by Jaeden Laroza
Words of experience and advice about how to cure sadness and find the key to self love.

Sixteen

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Sixteen

Directed by Nahyeon Lee
With an unplanned pregnancy and a strained relationship with her mother, life is not the K-pop fantasy Yaejin…

Snail Mail

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Snail Mail

Directed by Andrea Baek
Pairs of pen pals share their sides of the letters: what they’ve learned, why they write, and what…

Standing Above The Clouds

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Standing Above The Clouds

Directed by Jalena Keane-Lee
Matriarchal power shines in this fascinating doc featuring elder women and the next generation resisting the building of…

Street Angel

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Street Angel

Directed by Michelle Sui
Decked in cheongsam, a wandering songstress unfolds history, memory, and cultural imagination onto a rapidly changing Chinatown.
Surrogate Valentine Trilogy

SURROGATE VALENTINE

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SURROGATE VALENTINE

Directed by Dave Boyle
Goh scrapes by as an indie musician while chatterbox actor Danny shadows him from gig to gig, until…

Thank You Come Again

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Thank You Come Again

Directed by Nirav Bhakta
An undocumented Indian American crashes through layers of subconscious reality and imagination, as he confronts memories of his…

There Were Four of Us

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There Were Four of Us

Directed by Cassie Shao
Peel through layers of dreams, explosions of color, and kinetic mixed media in an animation unlike any other.
Masters

A THOUSAND CUTS

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A THOUSAND CUTS

Directed by Ramona S. Diaz
Ramona Diaz's blistering look at investigative journalist Maria Ressa’s relentless stand against Duterte.

United

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United

Directed by Isabella Kwon
Korean American Christians speak on the LGBTQ debate that risks tearing their community apart.
Jia Zhang-ke Artist Trilogy

USELESS

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USELESS

Directed by Jia Zhang-ke
Jia Zhang-ke’s ode to fashion–a textile factory, a designer, and a tailor–in a China where nothing is ever…

Valley

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Valley

Directed by Allan Zhang Tran
It’s ditch day in the San Gabriel Valley as two high school seniors realize they might be on…

Mizuko (Water Child)

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Mizuko (Water Child)

Directed by Katelyn Rebelo, Kira Dane
Through Super8, watercolor, and stop-motion animation, the concept of "mizuko" (water child), a special name in Japan for…
Masters

WE HAVE BOOTS

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WE HAVE BOOTS

Directed by Evans Chan
Immediately after the feature, ticket holders can enjoy a pre-recorded bonus Q&A with director Evans Chan and film subject Alex Chow!...

We Still Have to Close Our Eyes

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We Still Have to Close Our Eyes

Directed by John Torres
Footage and outtakes from behind the scenes of various Filipino productions (including those of Lav Diaz and Erik…

Zoe and Hanh

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Zoe and Hanh

Directed by Kim Tran
Zoe’s sex life is exposed when her conservative mother tracks her whereabouts in this awkward raunchy culture clash…