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2016 Seattle Asian American Film Festival

Documentary

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.


  1. IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY

    Joella Cabalu / Feature, Documentary, Browse All Films / Canada / 2015 / Documentary / 45 mins
    From Vancouver to Oakland to Manila, follow gay Filipino Canadian artist Jay Cabalu and his sister Joella, as they meet their other queer relatives and explore what the modern queer family can be in the Filipino diaspora. Director Joella Cabalu, subject Jay Cabalu, producer Cari Green, and cast and crew members scheduled to attend.

    Preceded by: BALLOT, TRANS*PARENT

    IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY

    Northwest Film Forum Screen 1
    February 20, 2016 5:30 pm


  2. JEANNIE WONG WANTS TO DO EVERYTHING

    Jeff Man / Short Film, Documentary, Browse All Films / USA / 2015 / Documentary / 10 mins
    A portrait of the multi-talented Jeannie Wong: filmmaker, artist, writer, party host, marathoner, dancer, and musician. Jeannie does it all and yet still finds that her life is missing something. Director Jeff Man scheduled to attend.

    Precedes: ADVANTAGEOUS

    Precedes:
    ADVANTAGEOUS

    Northwest Film Forum Screen 1
    February 21, 2016 6:00 pm


  3. MODEL MINORITY STEREOTYPE

    Minhkennedy Pham and Joseph Mills / Short Film, Documentary, By Northwest Filmmakers, Browse All Films / USA / 2015 / Documentary / 23 mins
    By examining the roots, effects, and implications of the model minority stereotype, this film uncovers harmful truths behind this prevalent myth in American society.
    Plays In:
    EAST BY NORTHWEST (FREE)

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


  4. MY LIFE IN CHINA

    Kenneth Eng / Feature, Documentary, Browse All Films / USA / 2014 / Documentary / 81 mins
    MY LIFE IN CHINA is a personal film that takes viewers on a journey to rural China where an emotional revelation takes place. A story of migration is passed down from father to son, retracing the precarious steps risked in search of a better life. This film captures a half-century-old story of Asian immigration and poses present-day questions comparing the long sought-after American Dream, with life in modern-day China. Was the risk worth it? What if he had never left? What was ultimately achieved by immigrating? Director Kenneth Eng and writer/producer Ehren Parks scheduled to attend.

    Preceded by: CONVERSATION WITH DAD, GIAP’S LAST DAY AT THE IRONING BOARD FACTORY

    MY LIFE IN CHINA

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


  5. NOODLE DELI

    David Liu / Short Film, Documentary, Browse All Films / USA / 2015 / Documentary / 13 mins
    A day in the life of a Shanxi Chinese noodle restaurant in the San Gabriel Valley. Director David Liu and producer Xin Li scheduled to attend.

    Precedes: OFF THE MENU: ASIAN AMERICA

    Precedes:
    OFF THE MENU: ASIAN AMERICA

    Northwest Film Forum Screen 1
    February 20, 2016 3:00 pm


  6. OFF THE MENU: ASIAN AMERICA

    Grace Lee / Feature, Documentary, Browse All Films / USA / 2015 / Documentary / 56 mins
    From SAAFF award-winning director Grace Lee comes a road trip into the kitchens, factories, temples, and farms of Asian Pacific America that explores how our relationship to food reflects our evolving community. Producer Eurie Chung scheduled to attend.

    Preceded by: NOODLE DELI

    OFF THE MENU: ASIAN AMERICA

    Northwest Film Forum Screen 1
    February 20, 2016 3:00 pm


  7. THE REAL MIYAGI

    Kevin Derek / Feature, Documentary, Browse All Films / USA / 2015 / Documentary / 82 mins
    Follow the extraordinary life of Fumio Demura, a Shito Ryu Karate master who helped popularized martial arts in America. A Hollywood mainstay, later in life he would become well-known as the stunt double for Mr. Miyagi.

    Preceded by: BARRIO DOS: PINTADOS, THE CHALLENGER

    THE REAL MIYAGI

    Northwest Film Forum Screen 1
    February 21, 2016 3:00 pm


  8. REMEMBERING RAFU MANDOLIN CLUB

    David Osako / Short Film, Documentary, Browse All Films / USA / 2015 / Documentary / 8 mins
    The discovery of old reel-to-reel tape recordings exhumed from the back of a closet leads to the resurrection of treasures from the Japanese-American musical culture of the 1950s-1960s, recorded by a Los Angeles band called the Rafu Mandolin Club.

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

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

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


  9. A SUITCASE IN ONE HAND — A PAINTBOX IN THE OTHER

    Michi Tanioka / Short Film, Documentary, Browse All Films / USA / 2015 / Documentary / 5 mins
    The story of artist Kunio Tatsui's life interrupted and found again.

    Precedes: THE EMPTY CHAIR

    Precedes:
    THE EMPTY CHAIR

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


  10. OPENING NIGHT FEATURE: TOP SPIN

    Mina T. Son and Sara Newens / Feature, Documentary, Browse All Films / USA / 2014 / Documentary / 80 mins
    Set against the backdrop of one of the most under-appreciated sports in America, three teenagers battle their way through the world of competitive ping pong. While facing the unusual challenges in a niche sport, their journey reveals the passion it takes to pursue their Olympic-sized dreams. Directors Mina T. Son and Sara Newens scheduled to attend.

    Preceded by: ALL THE WAY

    OPENING NIGHT FEATURE: TOP SPIN

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