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2015 Seattle Asian American Film Festival

Documentary

Award-winning documentaries like “9-Man” and “To Be Takei” reveal the depth and diversity of the Asian American experience.


  1. 9-Man

    Ursula Liang / Documentary / USA / 2014 / 87 mins
    9-Man is an independent feature documentary about an isolated and exceptionally athletic Chinese-American sport that's much more than a pastime. Since the 1930s, young men have played this gritty streetball game competitively in the alleys and parking lots of Chinatown. At a time when anti-Chinese sentiment and laws like the Chinese Exclusion Act forced Chinese restaurant workers and laundrymen to socialize exclusively amongst themselves, nine-man offered both escape and fraternity for men who were separated from their families in China and facing extreme discrimination and distrust. Pivoting between oil-spotted Chinatown parking lots and jellyfish-filled banquet scenes, the film captures the spirit of nine-man as players not only battle for a championship but fight to preserve a sport that holds so much history.
    9-Man

    Northwest Film Forum Screen 1 (large theater)
    February 13, 2015 6:00 pm

    9-Man

    Northwest Film Forum Screen 1 (large theater)
    February 13, 2015 9:00 pm


  2. Cambodian Son

    Masahiro Sugano / Documentary / Cambodia, USA / 2014 / 90 mins
    Acclaimed poet Kosal Khiev was forced to flee Cambodia to the United States as a 1-year-old refugee. Upon being imprisoned as a youth, he was forcibly deported back to Phnom Penh and forced to fend for himself in a land he never knew.

    Preceded by: My Father’s Cambodia

    Cambodian Son

    Northwest Film Forum Screen 1 (large theater)
    February 14, 2015 12:00 pm


  3. Documented

    Jose Antonio Vargas / Documentary / USA / 2013 / 89 mins
    In 2011, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in the New York Times Magazine. 'Documented' chronicles his journey to America from the Philippines as a child; his journey through America as an immigration reform activist/provocateur; and his journey inward as he re-connects with his mother, whom he hasn't seen in 20 years.

    Preceded by: US

    Documented

    Northwest Film Forum Screen 2 (small theater)
    February 14, 2015 3:00 pm

    Documented

    Northwest Film Forum Screen 2 (small theater)
    February 15, 2015 6:00 pm


  4. Kumu Hina

    Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson / Documentary / USA / 2014 / 78 mins
    A powerful film about the struggle to maintain Pacific Islander culture and values within the westernized society of modern Hawaii, told through the lens of an extraordinary Native Hawaiian who is both a proud and confident mahu, or transgender woman, and an honored kumu, or teacher and cultural icon.

    Preceded by: Intersections, To Sit with Her

    Kumu Hina

    Northwest Film Forum Screen 1 (large theater)
    February 14, 2015 3:00 pm

    Kumu Hina

    Northwest Film Forum Screen 1 (large theater)
    February 15, 2015 6:00 pm


  5. The Last Season

    Sara Dosa / Documentary / USA / 2014 / Pacific Northwest / 80 mins
    In search of the matsutake mushroom, two former soldiers find something else in the woods: a new family & the means to heal the scarring wounds of war. The Last Season is the debut feature film from director Sara Dosa.
    The Last Season

    Northwest Film Forum Screen 1 (large theater)
    February 15, 2015 3:00 pm


  6. Stateless

    Duc Nguyen / Documentary / USA / 2014 / 57 mins
    In 2005, a spark of hope came when the U.S. immigration officials returned to Manila to review the cases of over 2000 Vietnamese refugees who spent over 17 years in the Philippines waiting for resettlement. Nervously waiting for a judgment day, they hung on the hope of finding a home.

    Preceded by: Who is Park Joo Young?

    Stateless

    Northwest Film Forum Screen 1 (large theater)
    February 15, 2015 12:00 pm


  7. To Be Takei

    Jennifer M. Kroot / Documentary / USA / 2014 / 94 mins
    Over seven decades, actor and activist George Takei boldly journeyed from a WWII internment camp, to the helm of the starship Enterprise, to the daily news feeds of five million Facebook fans. Join George and his husband Brad on this star's playful and profound trek for life, liberty, and love.
    To Be Takei

    Northwest Film Forum Screen 1 (large theater)
    February 12, 2015 4:00 pm

    To Be Takei

    Northwest Film Forum Screen 1 (large theater)
    February 12, 2015 7:00 pm