Films

Documentary

Fallen Star Rising Sun

Film

Fallen Star Rising Sun

Directed by Bake Phouikham
Ko Chandetka’s family fled Laos in 1975 to seek asylum in Elgin, Illinois. Bodybuilding becomes an escape from…
Short Film Programs

Family Portraits

Program

Family Portraits

The joys and heartaches of being part of a family.
Documentary, Feature-Length Films, Centerpiece Films

Geographies of Kinship

Film

Geographies of Kinship

Directed by Deann Borshay Liem
In this powerful tale about the rise of Korea’s global adoption program, four adult adoptees return to their…
Comedy

Ghost

Film

Ghost

Get ready for the buddy film Asian Americans deserve! SJ Son and Woody Fu serve up fresh sketch…
Thriller

Go To Sleep: A Lao Ghost Story

Film

Go To Sleep: A Lao Ghost Story

Directed by Phet Mahathongdy
Khon is a Laotian American man torn between the pressures of his professional life and the supernatural reminders…
Comedy

Grandma’s 80th Surprise

Film

Grandma’s 80th Surprise

Directed by Curtis Lum, Fola Evans-Akingbola
Curtis has to confront his family’s colorism when he brings his black girlfriend, Ella, to dinner. Tensions run…
Drama

Hae Hawai’i

Film

Hae Hawai’i

Directed by Ty Sanga
Set at the time of the illegal overthrow of the Hawai’ian monarchy in 1893, the unseated monarchy finds…
LGBTQ, Drama

Halwa

Film

Halwa

Directed by Gayatri Bajpai, Nirav Bhakta
One friend's idle gossip shakes Sujata Chopra out of the domestic stupor she has felt pressured to live…
Drama, Feature-Length Films, Centerpiece Films

Happy Cleaners

Film

Happy Cleaners

Directed by Julian Kim, Peter S. Lee
Mr. and Mrs. Choi own and operate Happy Cleaners, the family dry cleaning business. Mr. Choi has been…
Documentary

Ikebana

Film

Ikebana

Directed by Alejandro Yoshizawa
Kaz Takahashi shares her experience as a Japanese Canadian, and how she continues to reclaim culture and community…
Animation

In Passing

Film

In Passing

Directed by Esther Cheung
Esther Cheung lovingly recreates the essence of urban life in the '70s in Mong Kok, Kowloon as told…
Documentary, Feature-Length Films

Jeronimo

Film

Jeronimo

Directed by Joseph Juhn
In 1905, 1033 Koreans were sold as indentured servants to landlords in Yucatán, Mexico. Some of them moved…
LGBTQ, Drama

Kama’aina Child of the Land

Film

Kama’aina Child of the Land

Directed by Kimi Howl Lee
First-time actor, Malia Kamalani Soon, delivers an unflinching performance as newly-homeless Mahina. Kama’aina is an uncompromising and intimate…
Drama

Last Taxi Dance

Film

Last Taxi Dance

Directed by Brayden Yoder
In post-WWII Hawai’i, the minimum wage is 40 cents a day, or 4 dance tickets. Mahea is a…
Drama

Leotard

Film

Leotard

Directed by Stephanie Cheng
Alice has a sexual awakening before ballet class. With heightened senses, she experiences the world anew in the…
Animation

Little One

Film

Little One

Directed by Anya Martin
A father with an empty nest is eager to bond with his daughter when she comes back to…
Short Film Programs

Looking Past Paradise: Shorts from Hawai’i

Program

Looking Past Paradise: Shorts from Hawai’i

Increased accessibility to filmmaking tools because of digitization has allowed storytellers from marginalized communities to express their truths....
Thriller

Loop

Film

Loop

Directed by Matt Dy
Local filmmaker, Matt Dy, brings visuals evocative of “Jacob’s Ladder” and “Paranoia Agent” to the suburbs. This horror…
Documentary, Feature-Length Films

Love Boat Taiwan

Film

Love Boat Taiwan

Directed by Valerie Soe
Love Boat: Taiwan, a feature-length documentary, looks into of one of the longest running summer programs in the…
Free Programs, Short Film Programs

Mastering the Craft (FREE)

Program

Mastering the Craft (FREE)

From hand-formed soba noodles made in Seattle to the 5000 year old art of paper cutting, this program…
Drama

Mauka to Makai

Film

Mauka to Makai

Directed by Alika Maikau, Jonah Okano
Mauka to Makai offers an unfiltered window into a day in the lives of two cousins, who, while…
Drama

Mo’o!

Film

Mo’o!

Directed by Anela Ling
Grief manifests in conflict for two cousins growing up in O’ahu. Kekoa’s teenage cynicism gives way to hope…
Documentary

No One Ever Really Dies

Film

No One Ever Really Dies

Directed by Anika Kan Grevstad, Mari Young
Jun Takahashi is an 84 year old Japanese man and maverick with an irreverent perspective on life. His…
Drama, Comedy, Free Programs, Feature-Length Films

normal. (FREE)

Film

normal. (FREE)

Directed by Mragendra Singh
After having their first child, an interracial couple struggles to hold onto their marriage while dealing with temptations…