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2018 Seattle Asian American Film Festival


  1. The Flip Side

    Val Wang / United States / 2016 / Documentary / 25 mins
    THE FLIP SIDE presents the increasingly globalized circus world, where disparate people and acrobatic cultures come together, clash, and ultimately transform each other. We meet Daqi, a Chinese circus artist who leaves home at age 9 to train at an elite state-run circus academy. Restless after ascending to the zenith of the Chinese circus world, he leaves his stable job to perform with Cirque du Soleil. Though Daqi possesses extraordinary technical skills, he has a difficult journey ahead to develop an artist’s expressive power. He eventually collides with Shana Carroll, a trapeze star who began with the San Francisco-based Pickle Family Circus, where she trains with a Chinese coach and even marries the coach’s Chinese protégé, then has a stint with Cirque du Soleil. Daqi grows as an artist when he joins Shana’s circus troupe, 7 Fingers, whose intimate circus shows are based on the individual artists’ stories.

  2. Flip The Record

    Marie Jamora / United States / 2016 / Coming of Age, Family, Music / 15 mins
    In this coming-of-age story set in the 1980s, FLIP THE RECORD follows 14-year-old Filipina American Vanessa who is sick of the constraints of her conservative family and the boring piano lessons she takes. On the sly Vanessa teaches herself how to scratch on her older brother’s turntables, and discovers her talents and place in the local music scene.

  3. Float

    Tristan Seniuk, Voleak Sip / United States / 2016 / Drama / 24 mins
    FLOAT is set in mid-1990s Seattle, and follows the day-to-day trials and tribulations of Cambodian-American hustler Rocky Mang. Still living at home with his family, Rocky spends his days cruising the streets of Seattle, slinging cheap goods on the corner as he struggles to help his family make ends meet. His days are a hazy wash of grinding and hustling, only broken by his persistent attempts to convince a local barista named Jenni-Mo Day to go on a date.

  4. Forever, Chinatown

    James Q. Chan / United States / 2016 / Documentary / 32 mins
    In FOREVER, CHINATOWN, artist Frank Wong’s exquisitely detailed dioramas of the Chinatown of his childhood serve as portals to the past in a rapidly changing San Francisco.

  5. Fresh Blood

    Richa Rudola / United States / 2017 / Thriller / 8 mins
    FRESH BLOOD follows a young South Asian girl forced into the sex trade and her path to freedom, even if it involves a vampire.

  6. Geeta

    Sohil Vaidya / United States / 2017 / Drama / 16 mins
    In this film inspired by true events, GEETA has been brought to the United states as domestic worker by an Indian couple with the promise of giving her the American Dream. However it is not long until Geeta realizes that although she is in the land of opportunity, her financial, personal, and social freedoms are slowly being taken away. How will she escape this gilded cage?

  7. Getting Lao’d: The Rise of Modern Lao Music and Films

    Steve Arounsack / Lao People's Democratic Republic / 2017 / Documentary / 40 mins
    After 25 years of silence, the private Lao music and film industries are reawakening. Filmed over 10 years, the documentary GETTING LAO'D: THE RISE OF MODERN LAO MUSIC AND FILMS follows a new generation of young pioneers as they reimagine Lao media in a Communist country. The film, featuring many of the country's most prominent musicians and filmmakers, is perhaps the most comprehensive examination of the rise of modern music and films in Laos. Many neighboring countries in Southeast Asia have seen their music and film industries remain vibrant. Laos, however, remains shrouded in mystery due to its land-locked geography and communist regime. This documentary provides extremely rare insights on a media landscape that tipped the cultural fulcrum. This is a story about a small country with a big heart.

  8. the Hahns

    Julio Salcedo, Sun Hong / United States / 2017 / Comedy / 9 mins
    Meet THE HAHNS, your typical not-so-typical American family, as they face the age-old question, "Where do babies come from?"

  9. Heartseeker

    Brett Ryoji Kodama / United States / 2017 / Horror, Thriller / 21 mins
    In HEARTSEEKER, a single woman with a passion for cooking meets a thriving entrepreneur through a popular dating app. The two eventually make their way back to her apartment, but unknown to either party, both harbor secrets and ulterior motives that will have deadly consequences for the rest of the night — and one of them isn’t leaving alive.

  10. Highpoint Summer

    Joseph Mills, Sopheak Sun / United States / 2017 / Coming of Age, Documentary / 33 mins
    Sopheak Sun began this video diary, HIGHPOINT SUMMER, early in the summer of 2006. He planned to document his life as a refugee from war-torn Cambodia and to explain the meaning of the term, "thug life." However, his summer is ultimately defined by tragedy.