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2017 Seattle Asian American Film Festival


  1. NƯỚC

    Quyen Nguyen-Le / Shorts / United States / 2016 / Drama / 5 mins
    A Vietnamese American teen attempts to piece together and understand their mother's experience as a Vietnam War refugee. The journey pulls us into a fantastical series of iconic historical photographs and images, ultimately highlighting the complexity of fully understanding another’s experiences — and opens up possibilities for building relationships based on simply being present.


    Brett Kodama / Shorts / United States / 2016 / Documentary / 13 mins
    On February 19th, 1942, Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, a bill which allowed the military to forcibly move people of Japanese ancestry into designated "Relocation Centers" during World War II. Over 100,000 people (citizen and alien alike) were "evacuated" in the name of national security with no legitimate reasoning beyond war time hysteria. Among the internees was the filmmaker's grandmother, who was only three years old at the time of her incarceration in the spring of 1942. The number "1217" refers to the Family ID Number issued to her and her family at the Manzanar Concentration Camp. Her story is just one of many from this forgotten and often ignored part of American History.

    Precedes: GOOD LUCK SOUP


    Erika Street / Shorts / United States / 2016 / Drama / 18 mins
    February 1942. President Roosevelt signs Executive Order 9066, which authorizes the forced "relocation" of 120,000 ethnic Japanese from their homes and into incarceration camps throughout the U.S. Koji Oshima is the proud owner of a small corner grocery store, but he must now abandon everything and report to an assembly center. His belongings, his business, everything must be sold or left behind, except what he can carry in one large duffel bag. Up against a wall, Koji receives only one low-ball offer for his store, which he has no choice but to accept. The lone bright spot during this turmoil is the friendship Koji develops with a precocious nine-year-old girl. On the day of his departure, however, Koji is saddened to learn that even this friendship has been tainted by the larger forces of fear and wartime hysteria.

    Precedes: EBB AND FLOW


    Martin Tran, Ellison Shieh, Joon Kim / Shorts / United States / 2016 / Comedy / 3 mins
    Though well into adulthood, this sister and brother pair can't stop competing at childish games. Big sis is used to winning, but this time little bro is determined to take her throne. Bringing their age old grudge into a Pho restaurant, what could go wrong?

  5. Queer Transnational Love in the time of Social Media and Globalization

    Adrian Alarilla / Shorts / USA / 2017 / Documentary, Found Footage / 20 mins
    In this video study, the filmmaker analyzes the possibilities and unsustainability of queer, transnational love as hybridized Filipino/American subjects. Using found footage, he retraces the story of his love with the research subject in an effort to work through the trauma of ending a relationship, all the while revealing the larger socio-political structures in place that are keeping them from one another.

  6. RADHA

    Rupeshi Shah / Shorts / United States / 2015 / Drama / 13 mins
    An adaptation of a famous Indian story - that of the Hindu god Krishna and his first love, Radha. While Krishna is worshipped by many devotees, it is Radha who's at the center of his universe. He's the flirtatious, popular boy; she's the reasonable, beautiful girl. Their relationship is eternal - but when one of the other 'gopis' (cow herding girls) catches the eye of Krishna, Radha begins to question it all. For one of the first times, we see the couple's age-old story told from her point-of-view.


    Faroukh Virani / Shorts / United States / 2016 / Comedy / 5 mins
    Sameer and the Giant Samosa is a dark comedy about a newlywed Indian couple and their diverging views on marriage and tradition. A surreal turn of events reveals the groom's true, hidden appetites.


    Jeff Fuchs / Shorts / United States / 2016 / Documentary / 12 mins
    A short documentary about Anna He and her company Seattle Cosplay. Learn about her background while watching her newest cosplay creation come to life in preparation for PAX West.


    Mainak Dhar / Shorts / United States / 2016 / Drama / 11 mins
    A clean home, a few drinks, and a long overdue conversation. Where does a relationship go when it has nowhere else to go?

  10. SOAR

    Alyce Tzue / Shorts / United States / 2015 / Fantasy, Misc. / 6 mins
    A precocious young girl makes a new friend when a tiny boy pilot drops out of the sky on a broken flying machine. Now she must race against time to return him home, before her new friend becomes stranded on Earth forever.

    Precedes: TYRUS