Family Portraits

The joys and heartaches of being part of a family.

In this program


Directed by Jane Hae Kim

Jamie goes back home for Thanksgiving and experiences an incomplete connection with her Korean American family. Despite being drawn to be with her family, her greatest comfort comes from being submerged in isolation.


Directed by Leena Pendharkar

Parminder Nagra (Bend It Like Beckham, ER, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) stars as Rahki Singh, a high-powered executive who has recently put her mother, Uma Singh, into an assisted living facility. After making decisions for Uma’s care without her family’s input, Rahki is confronted by the reality that the progression of Uma’s Alzheimer’s disease is beyond her control.

The Hole

Directed by Will Kim

Vibrant watercolors depict the journey of grief as a mother bird searches for her lost child’s spirit.

Little One

Directed by Anya Martin

A father with an empty nest is eager to bond with his daughter when she comes back to visit on break. When her dad helps her to see her shortcomings in a different light, Dina decides to spend time with her biggest fan.

A Missing Piece

Directed by Grace Chang

This tale set in Chinatown portrays New York not just as a melting pot for culture, but also for generations. Ling enlists her reluctant teenage son, David, to go on an errand to visit Master Li in the retirement home.

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 high when Curtis finally introduces Ella to the high matriarch of his family, Grandma Lily.


Directed by Julie Zhan, Wesley Chan

Emma’s mother, Jackie, is always looking out for the well-being of everyone besides herself. When Emma urges Jackie to make a profile for a dating app, a new dialogue about love and the pursuit of happiness is introduced into an otherwise duty-bound family.

Dates & Times
Northwest Film Forum

Sat, Feb 22
4:00 pm