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婦人 (Fujin)

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婦人 (Fujin)

Directed by Rachel Nakawatase
Glimmering with private dreams and the gentle pulses of communal care, Rachel Nakawatase films her great-grandmother and Aunties…
Special Presentations

7 DAYS

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7 DAYS

Directed by Roshan Sethi
Ravi and Rita dutifully go on an arranged blind date. He’s awkward and sincere, while she’s respectfully present,…
Asian American Panorama

A.RTIFICIAL I.MMORTALITY

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A.RTIFICIAL I.MMORTALITY

Directed by Ann Shin
What makes us human? Can it be replicated? If you could preserve your consciousness forever, would you? Award-winning…

A Sand on the Seafloor

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A Sand on the Seafloor

Directed by Joo young (Judy) Kim
A filmmaker and dancer’s collaborative meditation on patience. In a minute, a moment, eternity—the crashing of the waves,…
Asian American Panorama

ACCEPTED

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ACCEPTED

Directed by Dan Chen
T.M. Landry College Preparatory is a legendary Louisiana K-12 school with astonishing rates of college acceptances. As documentarians…

Afterimages

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Afterimages

Directed by Bryan Sih
Take a seat at the table for a family dinner to remember, featuring a hungry ghost who refuses…
Asian American Panorama

AMERICANISH

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AMERICANISH

Directed by Iman Zawahry
Sam, Mayram, and Ameera—three very different Muslim women from the same family—try to find their own path to…

Americanized

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Americanized

Directed by Erica Eng
A Chinese American teen in Oakland struggles to find a place on her basketball team and community. Facing…

An Uninterrupted View of the Sea

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An Uninterrupted View of the Sea

Directed by Mika Yatsuhashi
With incredible access to archival government documents and home video, filmmaker Mika Yatsuhashi delivers a biting look at…

Atomic Cafe: The Noisiest Corner in J-Town

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Atomic Cafe: The Noisiest Corner in J-Town

Directed by Akira Boch, Tadashi Nakamura
"Sid Vicious loved our fried rice!" Atomic Cafe was the rowdy Little Tokyo post-show destination for punks in…

Beyond the Lake My Sister Sleeps

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Beyond the Lake My Sister Sleeps

Directed by AnQi Yu, Mel Guo
How else to explain to a child the pervasive nature of death in the family? A young boy…
Special Presentations

CATCH THE FAIR ONE

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CATCH THE FAIR ONE

Directed by Josef Kubota Wladyka
Boxer Kaylee’s been training for the fight of her life, every punch growing more agile and ferocious than…

Cheyenne

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Cheyenne

Directed by Rich Underwood
A moving and inspiring portrait of a young woman’s search for a kidney, and the loved ones and…

Chimera

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Chimera

Directed by Eileen Yoon
Across time and continents, two stories of Ayeon gently echo each other but are unable to fully align.

chinese cabbage flowers in yīngélìshì

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chinese cabbage flowers in yīngélìshì

Directed by Yifan Xu
An audio-visual blossom of a short, in which the accidental discovery of dried cabbage flowers in Mel Y.…

Closed on Sunday

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Closed on Sunday

Directed by Natalie Kimm
Three perspectives on Chick-fil-A’s opposition to the LGBTQ+ community and how this stance reflects their lives as consumers…

Dancing On My Own

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Dancing On My Own

Directed by Alexandra Cuerdo
In this autobiographical mix of documentary and fiction, queer Asians find belonging and inspiration at New York's radical…

Dear Angie

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Dear Angie

Directed by Abel Guan
A mother prepares to leave the country and her daughter behind for reasons not so clear. Emotions run…
Classics Restored

DIM SUM: A LITTLE BIT OF HEART

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DIM SUM: A LITTLE BIT OF HEART

Directed by Wayne Wang
Before he directed The Joy Luck Club, Wayne Wang made this underseen family comedy about Chinese American mothers…

Diverse

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Diverse

Directed by Jenifar Mansoor
Youth from different backgrounds come together to discuss and celebrate cultural diversity in their neighborhood of El Cajon.

Dog Story

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Dog Story

Directed by Grace Zhang
A hauntingly shot coming-of-age film about Jo, twice othered, gender-fluid and Asian, acting out fantasies with their friend…
Special Presentations

DRIVE MY CAR

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DRIVE MY CAR

Directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi
Yusuke lives life the way he directs his plays: with precision and purpose. Perhaps it’s a reaction to…

Everything Stays

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Everything Stays

Directed by Cole Bacani
Though family bonds are woven strong, Gabe deliberates the heartbreaking decision to break the ties that bind and…

F1-100

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F1-100

Directed by Emory Chao Johnson
Documentation of an international student’s gender transition interlaces his return to his more conservative home country of Malaysia.…

FITNESS! or a story about SWEAT

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FITNESS! or a story about SWEAT

Directed by Kana Hatakeyama
With the deliciously offbeat humor of a laggy music video stream, here comes a woman’s fitness journey in…

force

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force

Directed by Jennie MaryTai Liu, Simon Liu
A parable about control and an emanant vision of a changing people and place. Mesmerizing images coupled with…

Forever Tonight

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Forever Tonight

Directed by Swetha Regunathan
In this glittering short, an Indian American teenager sneaks out of the house to attend an outdoor prom…

Fugetsu-Do

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Fugetsu-Do

Directed by Kaia Rose
A loving look at mochi through four generations of the Kito family’s legendary shop in LA, which survived…

Girl In The Water

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Girl In The Water

Directed by Shi-Rou Huang
In this hand-drawn animation, a woman’s body abstracts and expands as she nurses the wounds of heartbreak.

Golden Jubilee

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Golden Jubilee

Directed by Suneil Sanzgiri
Wandering through virtual halls of an ancestral home in Goa, 16mm direct animation, digital renderings, and surveillance technologies…

Gone Camping

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Gone Camping

Directed by Emily Kim
An awkward teen must decide between hanging out with her cool teenage friends, or camping with her boob-poking…

Hawaiian Soul

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Hawaiian Soul

Directed by ʻĀina Paikai
The legacy of Hawaiian musician and land defender George Jarrett Helm lives on in contemporary Indigenous movements and…

How To Stop Being Chinese

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How To Stop Being Chinese

Directed by Isaac Kau
Three young women follow a five-part guide evoking Chinese superstitions in their attempt to disconnect themselves from over…
Asian American Panorama

I WAS A SIMPLE MAN

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I WAS A SIMPLE MAN

Directed by Christopher Makoto Yogi
Facing death, a solitary patriarch comes to terms with the forces that have shaped his life and the…
Asia Pop!

IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE

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IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE

Directed by Masaya Tsutsumi
In an attempt to find a way to escape the dullness of unemployment and the dread of a…
Asian American Panorama

INDIA SWEETS AND SPICES

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INDIA SWEETS AND SPICES

Directed by Geeta Malik
Coming home from UCLA, Alia meets a handsome grocery worker—the very opposite of her crazy rich family’s marital…
Asian American Panorama

ISLANDS

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ISLANDS

Directed by Martin Edralin
Following the death of his mother, a single, middle-aged Filipino immigrant desperately searches for love while struggling to…
Asia Pop!

JAMES & ISEY

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JAMES & ISEY

Directed by Florian Habicht
As endearing a birthday present as cinema has ever seen, this joyous documentary follows Maori elder Isey during…

Learning Tagalog With Kayla

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Learning Tagalog With Kayla

Directed by Kayla Abuda Galang
Beginning with conversational phrases and common expressions, Kayla lets the world know that although she’s stuck at home,…
Asian American Panorama

LIKE A ROLLING STONE: THE LIFE & TIMES OF BEN FONG-TORRES

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LIKE A ROLLING STONE: THE LIFE & TIMES OF BEN FONG-TORRES

Directed by Suzanne Joe Kai
Suzanne Joe Kai’s documentary sheds light on the most illustrious byline in 1970s rock and roll journalism, covering…

Lion on the Mat

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Lion on the Mat

Directed by Asail Echols
A badass Vietnamese American woman finds strength and healing through the power of Jiu Jitsu.

Little Sky

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Little Sky

Directed by Jess X. Snow
A love letter to queer Asian youth who may be struggling to navigate their own family dynamics while…

Love, All

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Love, All

Directed by Hayne Lim
A passionate student athlete details the story of how he fell in love with tennis, and the lessons…
Classics Restored

LUMPIA

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LUMPIA

Directed by Patricio Ginelsa
The first Asian American superhero movie! Back in 1996, Patricio Ginelsa started filming this ultra low-budget, comic book-inspired…
Asian American Panorama

LUMPIA WITH A VENGEANCE

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LUMPIA WITH A VENGEANCE

Directed by Patricio Ginelsa
Fogtown’s finest return to save a fab Fil-Am wedding from a queenpin slinging drugs disguised in lumpia. If…

Mahålang

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Mahålang

Directed by Caili Quan, Elliot deBruyn, Nathaniel Brown
From a cold and grey NYC, choreographer and dancer Caili Quan pays tribute to Guam, the island home…
Asian American Panorama

MANZANAR, DIVERTED: WHEN WATER BECOMES DUST

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MANZANAR, DIVERTED: WHEN WATER BECOMES DUST

Directed by Ann Kaneko
Once a source of water, groundwater “mining” has made Owens Valley the nation's largest source of toxic dust.…
Masters

MEMORIA

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MEMORIA

Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Apichatpong Weerasethakul reaffirms his place among the great living filmmakers with this sonic time-space odyssey set in Colombia’s…

Money Cat

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Money Cat

Directed by Connor Kurth, Thomas Ireton
A couple turns to a mysterious Money Cat to help solve their financial problems, but their actions come…

Mountain Lodge

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Mountain Lodge

Directed by Jordan Wong
A jagged desktop space-time orbits a Tumblr dedicated to Yankee Candle’s “Mountain Lodge” scent, evoking the absolutely absurd…

Never Rest/Unrest

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Never Rest/Unrest

Directed by Tiffany Sia
How do you consume the disintegration of a society from afar? Often, in the same ways as locals…

On the Grind

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On the Grind

Directed by Maurice-John Cardoza
Three young entrepreneurs—a barber, jewelry designer, and clothes thrifter—talk about what it means to be a small business…

Once Upon a Screen: Explosive paradox

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Once Upon a Screen: Explosive paradox

Directed by Kevin B. Lee
Kevin B. Lee focuses his inimitable curiosity on a BevMo! that was once an AMC, where he saw…

Overcast

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Overcast

Directed by Mikayla Kim
Asian American youth discuss how their upbringing influenced their relationship to mental health, while exploring growing up in…

Post Office

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Post Office

Directed by Courtney Loo, David Karp
Conflicting experiences of being Chinese in America clash when a mother and her children encounter a young girl…

Revolution Day

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Revolution Day

Directed by Pita Birkbeck
Follow City Heights activists on Revolution Day, as they take back July 4th and independence for themselves and…

Rumi and His Roses

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Rumi and His Roses

Directed by Navid Sinaki
A memory of first queer love furtively housed in DVD menus as love poems. An opaque and pixelated…
Asian American Panorama

SEE YOU THEN

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SEE YOU THEN

Directed by Mari Walker
Thirteen years after a sudden breakup, two exes reconnect: Naomi (SDAFF favorite Lynn Chen), an artist who questions…

Show Me Other Places

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Show Me Other Places

Directed by Rajee Samarasinghe
A woman travels to a multitude of virtual reality-scapes, both “real” and digitally rendered: a waterfall at night,…
Asian American Panorama

SILENT RIVER

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SILENT RIVER

Directed by Chris Chan Lee
Grappling with an estranged wife and a mystery limp, Elliot checks into a highway hotel where thumps coming…

Something You’ve Never Told Me

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Something You’ve Never Told Me

Directed by Katie Colosimo
Old friends on a weekend getaway have some old tensions to attend to.

Sorry for the Inconvenience

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Sorry for the Inconvenience

Directed by Jane Chow
Things to do today: study for your learner’s permit? Check. Rehearse for Zoom theater production of The Tempest?…

Strawberry Cheesecake

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Strawberry Cheesecake

Directed by Siyou Tan
Behind a cloud of pastel colored vape smoke, three teen girls in Singapore plot against their overly strict…

SummerWinterSummer

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SummerWinterSummer

Directed by Thy Tran
Struggling to deal with his lover’s disappearance, Duy’s string of online hookups takes him to darker places than…

Taking it Back

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Taking it Back

Directed by Mia Gonzalez
A look at the effects of misogyny through the stories of two young girls: a skater and tarot…
Classics Restored

TERMINAL USA

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TERMINAL USA

Directed by Jon Moritsugu
In Jon Moritsugu’s post-punk twist on the family sitcom, Dad calls drug-dealing son Katzumi a “mutated stain on…

The Leaf

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The Leaf

Directed by William J. Zang
With the film industry decimated by the COVID-19 pandemic, a San Francisco filmmaker weighs an emotional decision to…

The Secret Life of Lance Mah

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The Secret Life of Lance Mah

Directed by James Mah
A Darth Vader cosplayer shares his thoughts on volunteerism, fandom, and community through his work with the San…

The Trees Ahead

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The Trees Ahead

Directed by Yuta Yamaguchi
Through movement, poetry, and sound, film becomes a walking meditation. Take a breath.

There Was Nobody Here We Knew

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There Was Nobody Here We Knew

Directed by Khaula Malik
In this possible-documentary about possible aliens, a Pakistani couple in quarantine bicker and ruminate about extraterrestrial and terrestrial…

Three Missing Letters

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Three Missing Letters

Directed by H. Lan Thao Lam, Lana Lin
Snail mail becomes a stranger-than-fiction speculative site in this experimental documentary, which reimagines three lost letters from a…
Asia Pop!

TIONG BAHRU SOCIAL CLUB

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TIONG BAHRU SOCIAL CLUB

Directed by Tan Bee Thiam
Sweet Ah Bee is the newest Happiness Agent at a resort deadly serious about cracking the happiness algorithm.…

To Know Her

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To Know Her

Directed by Natalie A. Chao
In this poetic-associative investigation of the blank shape called ‘mommy,’ a young woman grapples with her mother’s memory…

to live here

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to live here

Directed by Melanie Dang Ho
Between Vietnam and New Orleans, in the wake of diaspora and disaster, one asks: where is here, and…

we didn’t see it as a tidal wave

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we didn’t see it as a tidal wave

Directed by Gi (Ginny) Huo, Saif Al-Sobaihi
A super 8 stop motion film that uses family archives from the first Mormon to be baptized in…
Asian American Panorama

WHO IS LUN*NA MENOH?

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WHO IS LUN*NA MENOH?

Directed by Jeff Mizushima
A documentary about LA-based, Japanese performance artist Lun*na Menoh. Or is it? With Lun*na, who once made a…

ZONA

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ZONA

Directed by Masami Kawai
Solidarity lies just beneath bare survival in a dystopia that forces a scrappy elderly woman to crib moisture…