San Diego Asian Film Festival presents

The 10th SDAFF Spring Showcase!

Enjoy the freshest picks from Asian and Asian American cinema.

Q&As & Panels

Films

Asia Pop!

The Way We Keep Dancing

Available to watch
April 23, 2021 12:00 am - May 2, 2021 11:59 pm

Film

The Way We Keep Dancing

Directed by Adam Wong
INCLUDES Q&A - Break dancers, rappers, and YouTube personalities are on the brink of stardom when city bureaucrats…
Asian American Panorama

Try Harder!

Available to watch
April 23, 2021 12:00 am - May 2, 2021 11:59 pm

Film

Try Harder!

Directed by Debbie Lum
Students at San Francisco's famed Lowell High work, dance, and celebrate their way through a nail-biting senior year…
Asian American Panorama

Cane Fire

Available to watch
April 23, 2021 12:00 am - May 2, 2021 11:59 pm

Film

Cane Fire

Directed by Anthony Banua-Simon
Film history is also colonial history in Anthony Banua-Simon’s riveting documentary about the construction of Hawai’i as a…
Asia Pop!

Dear Tenant

Available to watch
April 23, 2021 12:00 am - May 2, 2021 11:59 pm

Film

Dear Tenant

Directed by Cheng Yu-chieh
Lin is not just a tenant, but the caretaker of his ailing landlord, who also happens to be…
Asia Pop!

Fan Girl

Available to watch
April 23, 2021 12:00 am - May 2, 2021 11:59 pm

Film

Fan Girl

Directed by Antoinette Jadaone
INCLUDES Q&A - A fanatical teenage girl is rudely awakened when her fantasies of her idol are shattered…
Asia Pop!

My Missing Valentine

Available to watch
April 23, 2021 12:01 am - May 2, 2021 11:59 pm

Film

My Missing Valentine

Directed by Chen Yu-hsun
On February 15th, Yang Hsiao-chi awakens to discover she’s lost both her Valentine’s Day and her Valentine’s date!…
Masters

The Real Thing

Available to watch
April 23, 2021 12:00 am - May 2, 2021 11:59 pm

Film

The Real Thing

Directed by Koji Fukada
After Kazumichi rescues the awkward Ukiyo from a near-death accident, he can’t help but get sucked back into…
Masters

Sun Children

Available to watch
April 23, 2021 12:00 am - May 2, 2021 11:59 pm

Film

Sun Children

Directed by Majid Majidi
12-year-old Ali and friends prowl the streets of Tehran, swiping parts off Mercedes and making a modest living…
Sovereign Cinema: the political documentary of Nā Maka o ka ‘Āina

Act of War – The Overthrow of the Hawaiian Nation

Available to watch
April 23, 2021 12:00 am - May 2, 2021 11:59 pm

Film

Act of War – The Overthrow of the Hawaiian Nation

Directed by Joan Lander, Puhipau
Sovereignty includes the right to tell one’s own history. That means laying bare the events and circumstances leading…
Sovereign Cinema: the political documentary of Nā Maka o ka ‘Āina

Mauna Kea – Temple Under Siege

Available to watch
April 23, 2021 12:00 am - May 2, 2021 11:59 pm

Film

Mauna Kea – Temple Under Siege

Directed by Joan Lander, Puhipau
“Great science. Wrong mountain.” For Native Hawaiians, Mauna Kea is a kūpuna, an ancestor central to their culture.…
Sovereign Cinema: the political documentary of Nā Maka o ka ‘Āina

The Tribunal

Available to watch
April 23, 2021 12:00 am - May 2, 2021 11:59 pm

Film

The Tribunal

Directed by Joan Lander, Puhipau
A fascinating legal study of justice under occupation, THE TRIBUNAL documents the Peoples’ International Tribunal Hawai’i 1993, during…
Songs Our Elders Taught Me

And Thereafter

Available to watch
April 23, 2021 12:00 am - May 2, 2021 11:59 pm

Film

And Thereafter

Directed by Hosup Lee
Hosup Lee’s award-winning documentary about a Korean woman who marries an American GI and ends up an outsider…
Songs Our Elders Taught Me

Cosmopolitan

Available to watch
April 23, 2021 12:00 am - May 2, 2021 11:59 pm

Film

Cosmopolitan

Directed by Nisha Ganatra
After his family leaves him, a recent retiree takes an interest in leftover Cosmo magazines and an intriguing…
Songs Our Elders Taught Me

The Wash

Available to watch
April 23, 2021 12:00 am - May 2, 2021 11:59 pm

Film

The Wash

Directed by Michael Toshiyuki Uno
Three legends (Mako, Nobu McCarthy, Sab Shimono) headline this rare 1988 drama about love after divorce.
Songs Our Elders Taught Me

Wong Sinsaang

Film

Wong Sinsaang

Directed by Eddie Wong
Peering through the dry cleaning, Eddie Wong views his laundromat father with frustration and awe.

Mystery Kung Fu Theater

Film

Mystery Kung Fu Theater