Katherine Cuscatlán / United States / 2017 / Drama / 3 mins20TH CENTURY WOMAN takes a scene from the Academy Award-nominated screenplay for the film of the same name (dir. Mike Mills, 2016), and reimagines it with a Chinese American family in San Francisco.
Mayumi Yoshida / Canada / 2017 / Drama / 10 minsAKASHI follows Kana, a young woman from Japan, who leaves home to pursue her career in North America. Though she's adapted to her new life, she feels emotionally distant and can't seem to sustain a long-term relationship. When Kana returns home to pay respects to her recently deceased grandmother, she begins to recall one of their most intimate conversations. Reliving these memories and the funeral compel Kana to reflect upon her own actions and examine the course of her life.
Christopher Woon-Chen / United States / 2017 / Documentary / 18 minsIn ALICE AT THE STORE, 92-year old Alice Eng goes everyday to the pub across the street, which used to be her store. Her family struggles with the realities of providing for her care as she ages and her dementia progresses. All she really wants is to be at home.
Alejandro Yoshizawa / Canada / 2016 / Documentary / 57 minsIn ALL OUR FATHER'S RELATIONS, three siblings - whose mother was the last fluent hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaker from the Musqueam First Nation - travel to their father's ancestral village in China for the first time, in order to better understand the challenges their parents faced and how it fractured their lives and relationships.
Preceded by: Massacre at Hells Canyon
Shannon Gee / United States / 2016 / Animated, Documentary, Japanese American / 23 minsThe animated short film AN AMERICAN HERO: FRANK NISHIMURA tells the story of a World War II veteran and is based on the graphic novel "Fighting for America: Nisei Soldiers," written by Lawrence Matsuda and illustrated by Matt Sasaki. Frank grew up in Seattle where his family ran hotels, including the Puget Sound Hotel. With Executive Order 9066, which set in motion the expulsion of Japanese Americans from the West Coast, the Nishimuras moved to Eastern Washington, avoiding imprisonment. Frank volunteered to join the U.S Army as part of the 442nd/100th Battalion, where he made new friends and strong connections. Frank saw heavy combat in France and Italy and was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, French National Order of the Legion of Honor, and the Congressional Gold Medal.
PROOF OF LOYALTY: KAZUO YAMANE AND THE NISEI SOLDIERS OF HAWAI’I
Northwest Film Forum Screen 1
Friday Feb 23, 2018 9:00 pm
Lelinh Du / Canada / 2017 / Drama, Family / 15 minsIn ANH HUNG, Jenny is a 9-year-old Vietnamese girl growing up first generation in Canada. Her brother Tuan, whom she looks up to as her hero, slowly reveals that he is not who he seems when she secretly disobeys his rule to stay home and joins him for a night out.
Tiffany Hsiung / Canada / 2016 / Documentary, Korean American / 104 minsTHE APOLOGY follows the personal journeys of three former “comfort women” who were among the 200,000 girls and young women kidnapped and forced into military sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. Some 70 years after their imprisonment in so-called “comfort stations”, the three “grandmothers"—Grandma Gil in South Korea, Grandma Cao in China, and Grandma Adela in the Philippines—face their twilight years in fading health. After decades of living in silence and shame about their past, they know that time is running out to give a first-hand account of the truth and ensure that this horrific chapter of history is not forgotten. Whether they are seeking a formal apology from the Japanese government or summoning the courage to finally share their secret with loved ones, their resolve moves them forward as they seize this last chance to set future generations on a course for reconciliation, healing, and justice.
Woody Fu / United States / 2017 / Comedy / 2 minsThe struggle is real when searching for adult content featuring ASIAN MAN, WHITE WOMAN.
Bernard Badion / United States / 2017 / Comedy / 6 minsA friendly neighbor has unwelcome news for an expectant mother in ASWANG NEXT DOOR.
Clifford Miu / United States / 2017 / Ghosts, Horror, Thriller / 8 minsIn BARGAIN, a superstitious Chinese student locks herself into a lease at a luxurious New York apartment, only to realize that her bedroom was the site of a recent homicide.
BLOOD, GUTS, AND GHOSTS, OH MY! (FREE SHORTS PROGRAM)
Northwest Film Forum Screen 2
Saturday Feb 24, 2018 8:00 pm