The feature presentations at this year's San Diego Asian Film Festival reflect the tenor of this singular moment, examining our enduring impulses to laugh, rebel, connect, and reimagine our world.
The heart of our festival and the best of Asian American cinema in all of its colors—from stories of activism, revenge, and revelation, to tales of woe and humor.
Films out of Asia that make you laugh, cry, and cheer, featuring masked romance, digital time loops, and retrofuturistic, data-driven odysseys.
Fresh from Cannes, Berlin, and other prestigious international film festivals, these are premiere works by the world’s best directors.
From Asia’s most innovative and uncategorizable filmmakers come new stories and new ways of telling them.
Straight out of the archives, these newly restored classics rewrite the lineage of Asian and Asian American cinema with vivid and timeless poignancy.
In 2019, demonstrators occupied Hong Kong Polytechnic University to protest a pro-Beijing extradition bill. In the crowd, rubbing shoulders with protestors, was a collective of documentarians filming this historical crossroads as police marched in and blocked the exits. A captivating on-the-ground documentary, filmed with journalistic instincts and a sympathy for…Buy tickets
After Typhoon Haiyan hits, a son, his mother, and his friend navigate an uncanny city in ruins, targeting a rumored ship that will take them to safety in Manila. Abundant with visual wonders, Carlo Francisco Manatad’s award-winning debut is energized by a vibrant new approach to filming an unrecognizable world.Buy tickets
Yusuke lives life the way he directs his plays: with precision and purpose. Perhaps it’s a reaction to death in his family. Perhaps it’s his way of maintaining control. So when the producers of his latest show require that a stranger be his chauffeur during rehearsals, he only cautiously relents.…Buy tickets
Apichatpong Weerasethakul reaffirms his place among the great living filmmakers with this sonic time-space odyssey set in Colombia’s jungle. Starring Tilda Swinton in a performance as moving and mysterious as the atmosphere it serves, MEMORIA follows a woman’s intuitive obsession with sound to the deepest realms of human contemplation.Buy tickets
Thirteen years after a sudden breakup, two exes reconnect: Naomi (SDAFF favorite Lynn Chen), an artist who questions her marriage and motherhood, and Kris, a techie who has since transitioned. What follows breaking the silence is a night of revelations and reckonings. Award-winning director Mari Walker’s deeply personal feature film…Buy tickets
Filmmaker Qiong Wang excavates the dramatic impact of China’s one-child policy on her and her siblings’ upbringings. Approaching her subjects with the kind of unrelenting inquisitiveness that only an intimate could manage, she crafts an expertly paced series of revelations that underlines the deeply personal nature of what we call…Buy tickets