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2018 Seattle Asian American Film Festival


  1. Paint It Red

    Eva Cohen / Canada / 2017 / Documentary / 55 mins
    In PAINT IT RED, young Chinese Canadian Beverly Ho is dedicated to preserving and continuing Chinese cultural heritage in Vancouver’s Chinatown. Can her efforts, along with other volunteers in the neighborhood, succeed in stemming the rapid proliferation of million dollar condos and pricey cafes?

  2. Proof of Loyalty: Kazuo Yamane and the Nisei Soldiers of Hawaii

    Don Sellers , Lucy Ostrander / United States / 2017 / Documentary, History, Japanese American / 54 mins
    PROOF OF LOYALTY: KAZUO YAMANE AND THE NISEI SOLDIERS OF HAWAII tells the story of a Japanese American who played a crucial role in World War II. Drafted just before the war, Kazuo became part of the renowned 100th Infantry Battalion, a unit made up entirely of Nisei from Hawaii. Their success was spectacular, but Kazuo was plucked from their ranks for his exceptional knowledge of Japanese. His journey led him to the Pentagon, to a secret facility in northern Maryland, and finally to serving under Eisenhower in Europe. His incredible work was instrumental in shortening the war in the Pacific.

    Preceded by: An American Hero: Frank Nishimura

  3. Quantum

    Ryan Willard / United States / 2017 / Sci-fi / 11 mins
    In QUANTUM, when a boy battling a brain tumor is ready to give up, his little sister helps him discover a message of hope

  4. Race: The Al Young Story

    Rick Quan / United States / 2017 / Documentary / 20 mins
    RACE: THE AL YOUNG STORY tells the true tale of the first Asian American world champion drag racer, Al Young. Besides his race, Al broke many stereotypes. Before he could find success on the racetrack, he had to overcome a learning disability. Find out how he not only did that but used his disability to become a world champion.

  5. Raksha

    Meredith Koch / United States / 2017 / Drama / 20 mins
    In RAKSHA, Archana is told at a young age that she is a Manglik, someone cursed due to the positioning of Mars in her horoscope, and her family tries to counteract the curse in various ways. At 25, Archana is about to perform a ritual to cleanse herself of the curse, but finds herself in a position that might prove her horoscope true.

  6. Real Artists

    Cameo Wood / United States / 2017 / Sci-fi / 12 mins
    Against all odds, Sophia Baker just scored her dream interview at the world-famous Semaphore Animation Studios -- who’d have thought a fan edit of one of their hit films could land her a shot at a job? But when she meets the mysterious executive Anne Palladon, she soon learns all is not as she expects behind the curtain. Every instinct Sophia has ever had about art in filmmaking is about to be challenged. Based on Nebula, Hugo and World Fantasy Award-winning author Ken Liu’s short story of the same name, REAL ARTISTS asks a poignant question: In a dystopian near-future where big data, AI and natural language processing learn and create quickly and at massive scale, what role can a single artist play? Is Sophia a creative rebel who can make a difference? Or is the situation more serious than that?

  7. Resistance at Tule Lake

    Konrad Aderer / United States / 2017 / Documentary / 78 mins
    RESISTANCE AT TULE LAKE tells the long-suppressed story of 12,000 Japanese Americans who dared to resist the U.S. government's program of mass incarceration during World War II. Branded as 'disloyals' and re-imprisoned at Tule Lake Segregation Center, they continued to protest in the face of militarized violence, and thousands renounced their U.S. citizenship. Giving voice to experiences that have been marginalized for over 70 years, this documentary challenges the nationalist, one-sided ideal of wartime 'loyalty.'

    Preceded by: A Matter of Truth

  8. Sam Choy’s Poke to the Max

    Terrence Jeffrey Santos / United States / 2016 / Documentary / 40 mins
    SAM CHOY'S POKE TO THE MAX shows how former Food Network Chef and Godfather of Poké, Chef Sam Choy, was a major factor in Poké's rise in worldwide popularity. Now his new Hawaiian food trucks have arrived in Seattle, Washington. Chef Choy and colleagues share how Poké is a true taste of Hawaii and how this distinctly Hawaiian dish has spread the Spirit of Aloha from the islands to around the world.

  9. Santa Claus

    Jeff Man / United States / 2017 / Drama, Immigrant / 15 mins
    Set on Christmas night, SANTA CLAUS features two lonely neighbors coming together to share a meal. Despite having little in common, they attempt to make a meaningful connection before the holiday comes to a close.

  10. The Second Province

    Zorinah Juan / United States / 2017 / Drama / 19 mins
    In THE SECOND PROVINCE, two estranged Filipino-American siblings are forced to reunite when their offbeat mother chooses death with dignity.