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2018 Seattle Asian American Film Festival


  1. I Can I Will I Did

    Nadine Truong / United States / 2016 / Drama / 114 mins
    In the award-winning I CAN I WILL I DID, foster youth Ben is bullied and as a result gets into a car accident. His recovery process is slow, until he meets Adrienne, a wheelchair bound fellow patient at the hospital who breathes hope into his life and introduces him to her grandfather, Taekwondo Grand Master Kang. Kang not only teaches him how to walk and get back up on his feet, but also how to take charge of his own life and ultimately to face his inner demons.

  2. I Don’t Make The Rules

    Lawrence Chen / United States / 2016 / Drama, Sports / 16 mins
    An ex-pro football player struggles to survive on blue collar odd jobs and is willing to do whatever it takes to land an entry level office job at a law firm.

  3. Island Soldier

    Nathan Fitch / United States / 2017 / Documentary / 86 mins
    ISLAND SOLDIER follows members of the Nena family from one of the most remote islands in the world to the training grounds of Texas and the battlefields in Afghanistan. The death of Sapuro “Sapp” Nena in Afghanistan makes waves through his tiny home island of Kosrae - where nearly everyone is connected to the U.S. Military directly or through family members. In an attempt to heal from his own deep wounds, Sapuro’s best friend in the Army, Mario Robles, heads to Kosrae with his family to meet Sapp’s parents for the first time and pay his respects on Veteran’s Day. It is an emotional gathering of two families, from opposite sides of the world, brought together by loss, love and honor.


    Chelsie Pennello / United States / 2017 / Experimental / 9 mins
    KILL GREEN tells the story of a young Chinese woman who experiences the joys, thrills, and heartbreak of a relationship through the practice of her culture's long-held tradition: the art of drinking tea.

  5. Lady Eva

    Dean Hamer, Joe WIlson, Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu / United States / 2016 / Documentary, LGBT / 11 mins
    IN LADY EVA, a brave young transgender woman sets off on a journey to become her true self in the conservative Pacific Island Kingdom of Tonga – with a little inspiration from Tina Turner along the way. The story is told in the context of her involvement in the Miss Galaxy beauty pageant, where Tonga's "leitis" participate even when family members do not approve.

  6. Leave With Me

    Mel Wong / United States / 2016 / Animated / 4 mins
    The animated LEAVE WITH ME follows a little schoolgirl whose imagination has taken over her world. Mocked by her classmates and belittled by her teachers, her world becomes twisted, and the people in it turn into aliens. Something is amiss in her surroundings, and she must find it and confront it.

  7. The Legacy of Linc’s Tackle

    Lauren Frohne / United States / 2017 / Documentary / 5 mins
    THE LEGACY OF LINC'S TACKLE shows the impact of Executive Order 9066 through the experiences of the Beppu family in Seattle. Linc’s Tackle has been the heart and soul of Seattle’s urban fishing culture for generations. But that legacy almost didn’t exist when the Beppu family, shop owners since the 1930s, were interned during World War II. 2017 marked the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1942, sending Japanese-Americans along the West Coast to internment camps for the duration of World War II. This policy forever upended the makeup of communities and families throughout the West.

  8. Lions in Waiting

    Jason Karman / Canada / 2017 / Drama, LGBT, Sports / 17 mins
    The newest member of a minor league hockey team, Ray, experiences hazing by his new teammates as he struggles to fit in both on and off the ice. Ray will have to find the courage to accept himself first—and maybe even inspire a fellow teammate.

  9. Looking for Luke

    Eric I Lu / United States / 2017 / Documentary, Mental Health / 26 mins
    Luke Tang was a well-liked, passionate and brilliant Harvard sophomore who took his family and friends by surprise when he decided to take his own life. Luke’s parents, Wendell and Christina, attempt to understand why he did this by reading through his journals and talking to his closest friends. As they piece together what happened, they begin to uncover the truth about their son’s death.

  10. Maineland

    Miao Wang / United States / 2017 / Documentary, Immigrant / 89 mins
    Over 370,000 students from mainland China are enrolled in American high schools and universities - six times more than a decade ago - with $11.4 billion contributed to the American economy. MAINELAND follows two teenagers - fun-loving Stella and introspective Harry - who are part of this enormous wave of “parachute students” from China’s wealthy elite seeking Western-style education and the promise of a Hollywood-style U.S. high school experience. Through their personal stories we see China’s place in the contemporary world order.

    Preceded by: Where Are You From