Films out of Asia that make you laugh, cry, and cheer, featuring masked romance, digital time loops, and retrofuturistic, data-driven odysseys.
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.
Straight out of the archives, these newly restored classics rewrite the lineage of Asian and Asian American cinema with vivid and timeless poignancy.
Fresh from Cannes, Berlin, and other prestigious international film festivals, these are premiere works by the world’s best directors.
Discover an exciting new generation of filmmakers in this year's program, which includes international standouts, experimental animations, slow burns, and lush pleasures.
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.
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…View purchasing options for INSIDE THE RED BRICK WALL 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.View purchasing options for WHETHER THE WEATHER IS FINE 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.…View purchasing options for DRIVE MY CAR 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.View purchasing options for MEMORIA 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…View purchasing options for SEE YOU THEN 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…View purchasing options for ALL ABOUT MY SISTERS Buy tickets