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2016 Seattle Asian American Film Festival

Documentary

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Award-winning documentaries from sports (TOP SPIN, IN FOOTBALL WE TRUST) to food (OFF THE MENU: Asian America) to Rock & Roll (DON’T THINK I’VE FORGOTTEN) reveal the depth and diversity of the Asian American experience.


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    ALL THE WAY

    Alli Nakamura / Browse All Films, Documentary, Short Film / USA / 2015 / Documentary / 5 mins
    On Wednesday mornings in Salt Lake City, strikes are bowled and stories told as the "Nisei Senior Mixed" bowling league hits the freshly waxed lanes. Director Alli Nakamura scheduled to attend.

    Precedes: OPENING NIGHT FEATURE: TOP SPIN

    Precedes:
    OPENING NIGHT FEATURE: TOP SPIN

    Northwest Film Forum Screen 1
    February 19, 2016 7:00 pm


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    AN AMERICAN HERO: SHIRO KASHINO

    Shannon Gee / Browse All Films, By Northwest Filmmakers, Documentary, Short Film / USA / 2015 / Animated Documentary / 16 mins
    Based on the graphic novel FIGHTING FOR AMERICA: NISEI SOLDIERS, this inventive animated short tells the story of Shiro Kashino, a World War II Nisei veteran. Born in Seattle and a graduate of Garfield High School, Shiro would go on to join the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and become one of the most decorated soldiers of the Second World War. Director Shannon Gee scheduled to attend.
    Plays In:
    EAST BY NORTHWEST (FREE)

    Northwest Film Forum Screen 2
    February 20, 2016 2:30 pm


  3. THE CAR DOCTOR PAT ABE

    Tadd Mitsui / Browse All Films, By Northwest Filmmakers, Documentary, Short Film / USA / 2015 / Documentary / 8 mins
    Another chapter ends in the story of Chinatown International District as Japanese American mechanic Pat Abe closes his 47-year-old shop forever. Director Tadd Mitsui scheduled to attend.
    Plays In:
    EAST BY NORTHWEST (FREE)

    Northwest Film Forum Screen 2
    February 20, 2016 2:30 pm


  4. DON’T THINK I’VE FORGOTTEN: CAMBODIA’S LOST ROCK AND ROLL

    John Pirozzi / Browse All Films, Documentary, Feature / USA/Cambodia/France / 2014 / Documentary / 105 mins
    During the '60s and early '70s, a new music scene emerged in Cambodia that took Western rock and roll and stood it on its head — creating a sound like no other. But this artistic movement, and its artists, were nearly wiped out when the Khmer Rouge rose to power. This film is a celebration of the incredible music that came from Cambodia and explores how important it is to Cambodian culture both past and present.

    Preceded by: BLOOD MOON ORCHESTRA – MOVING TRAIN, REMEMBERING RAFU MANDOLIN CLUB, SENDAI ERA – DOWNFALL 

    DON’T THINK I’VE FORGOTTEN: CAMBODIA’S LOST ROCK AND ROLL

    Northwest Film Forum Screen 1
    February 20, 2016 8:30 pm


  5. THE EMPTY CHAIR

    Greg Chaney / Browse All Films, By Northwest Filmmakers, Documentary, Feature / USA / 2015 / Documentary / 72 mins
    The unique story about how Japanese Americans from Juneau, Alaska, were sent to prison camps during World War II and how people from the community stood in quiet defiance against the immoral internment of American citizens. Director Greg Chaney and subject Mary Tanaka scheduled to attend.

    Preceded by: FALL SEVEN TIMES, GET UP EIGHT: THE JAPANESE WAR BRIDES, A SUITCASE IN ONE HAND — A PAINTBOX IN THE OTHER

    THE EMPTY CHAIR

    Northwest Film Forum Screen 1
    February 20, 2016 12:00 pm


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    ENFU

    Ian Devier / Browse All Films, By Northwest Filmmakers, Documentary, Short Film / USA / 2015 / Documentary / 18 mins
    Known to most as Enfu, Seattle-based artist Ken Taya's work speaks to generations of Asian Americans. From the gritty exploration of his cultural identity to the evolution of his artistic style, this film explores the whimsical and cross-cultural relevance of Enfu's work which has won him fans around the world. Director/Producer Ian Devier scheduled to attend.
    Plays In:
    EAST BY NORTHWEST (FREE)

    Northwest Film Forum Screen 2
    February 20, 2016 2:30 pm


  7. FALL SEVEN TIMES, GET UP EIGHT: THE JAPANESE WAR BRIDES

    Lucy Craft, Kathryn Tolbert, & Karen Kasmauski / Browse All Films, Documentary, Short Film / USA / 2015 / Documentary / 26 mins
    Atsuko, Emiko, and Hiroko were among tens of thousands of Japanese women who married their former enemies after World War II. They landed in 1950s America knowing no one, speaking little English, and often moving in with stunned in-laws. In brutally honest conversations with their daughters, they reveal the largely untold story of the Japanese war brides. Director Kathryn Tolbert scheduled to attend.

    Precedes: THE EMPTY CHAIR

    Precedes:
    THE EMPTY CHAIR

    Northwest Film Forum Screen 1
    February 20, 2016 12:00 pm


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    A FAMILY DAY

    Jeff Man / Browse All Films, Documentary, Short Film / USA / 2015 / Documentary / 10 mins
    Having witnessed the changes Alzheimer's brought upon his grandmother, Jeff makes a visit to her elder care home to document a day in her life. A subtle portrait of family and the obstacles we face together. Director Jeff Man scheduled to attend.
    Plays In:
    OHANA MEANS… (FREE)

    Northwest Film Forum Screen 2
    February 21, 2016 5:30 pm


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    GIAP’S LAST DAY AT THE IRONING BOARD FACTORY

    Tony Nguyen / Browse All Films, Documentary, Short Film / USA / 2015 / Documentary / 26 mins
    In Seymour, Indiana, population 17,000, Giap Thi Nguyen prepares for her final day of work at the last ironing board factory in America. As her American-born son Tony documents this moment, he discovers more about his mother, and where he came from, than he could ever have imagined. Director Tony Nguyen scheduled to attend.

    Precedes: MY LIFE IN CHINA

    Precedes:
    MY LIFE IN CHINA

    Northwest Film Forum Screen 2
    February 20, 2016 11:30 am


  10. IN FOOTBALL WE TRUST

    Tony Vainuku and Erika Cohn / Browse All Films, Documentary, Feature / USA / 2015 / Documentary / 87 mins
    In Salt Lake City, Utah, four young Polynesian football players struggle to overcome gang violence, familial expectations, and near poverty as they enter the high-stakes world of college recruiting and the promise of playing in the NFL.
    IN FOOTBALL WE TRUST

    Northwest Film Forum Screen 2
    February 20, 2016 6:00 pm