Section

Asian American Panorama

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.

Asian American Panorama

200 CIGARETTES FROM NOW

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200 CIGARETTES FROM NOW

Directed by Tianyu Ma
Bottles of Bombay Sapphire, an aquarium, and countless LED lights—the neon decor of an overstimulated boredom—adorn this electric…
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…
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…
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…
Asian American Panorama

CLYTAEMNESTRA

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CLYTAEMNESTRA

Directed by Ougie Pak
A South Korean theater troupe gathers in a Greek Airbnb to rehearse scenes from an adaptation of Agamemnon.…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.…
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…
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…
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…