THE TIGER HUNTER | 2016 | Texas Premiere

By Lena Khan
94 min

Thu JUN 1 | 7 PM | Asia Society Texas Center

Sami Malik, a young Indian, travels to America in the 1970s. He dreams of becoming an engineer to impress his childhood crush and live up to the legacy of his father, a legendary tiger hunter....

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THE TIGER HUNTER Q&A

With Director Lena Khan

Thu JUN 1 | 8:45 PM | Asia Society Texas Center

Lena Khan graduated summa cum laude and received undergraduate degrees at the University of California, Los Angeles in political science and history, after which she went on to graduate from the prestigious UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television....

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GOOK | 2017 | Texas Premiere

By Justin Chon
94 min

Fri JUN 2 | 7 PM

Eli and Daniel, two Korean American brothers, own a struggling shoe store and have an unlikely friendship with Kamilla, a street wise 11 year old African American girl. Kamilla ditches school, Eli stresses about the store, and Daniel tries to have a good time. It's just another typical day at the store until the Rodney King verdict is read and riots break....

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aka SEOUL | 2016

By Jon Maxwell
70 min

Fri JUN 2 | 9 PM

Five Korean adoptees raised all around the world arrive in Seoul, where their complex identities – professional, sexual, cultural – emerge out of their interactions with the culture and terrain of the city....

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It's A Boy | 2016

By Trent Nakamura
5 min

Sat JUN 3 | 1 PM | America Cinemas

Set in the near future, a young newlywed couple must decide what to do with their unborn baby boy after an ultrasound reveals he’s gay.

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Mixed Match | 2016 | Texas Premiere

By Jeff Chiba Stearns
96 min

Sat JUN 3 | 1:10 PM | America Cinemas

MIXED MATCH is an important human story told from the perspective of mixed race blood cancer patients who are forced to reflect on their multiracial identities and complex genetics as they struggle with a seemingly impossible search to find bone marrow donors...

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Bicultural | 2016

By Rachel Leyco
15 min

Sat JUN 3 | 3:10 PM | America Cinemas

Torn between the 'perfect' daughter that her strict traditional family believes her to be and the open-minded free spirit that she is, a second-generation Filipino-American must make a move to declare her identity. Part of our Narrative Shorts: “Our Stories” Program.

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Cowboy And Indian | 2016

By Sujata Day
8 min

Sat JUN 3 | 3:26 PM | America Cinemas

A young Bengali bride, dressed head to toe in red bridal sari and dazzling jewels, materializes out of the barren, desert landscape like a mirage. Our Indian protagonist travels for miles on foot, fighting dehydration until she collapses in the dry heat.... Part of our Narrative Shorts: “Our Stories” Program.

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The Orange Story | 2016

By Erika Street Hopman
17 min

Sat JUN 3 | 3:34 PM | America Cinemas

February 1942. President Roosevelt signs Executive Order 9066, which authorizes the forced “relocation" of 120,000 ethnic Japanese from their homes and into incarceration camps throughout the U.S.
Koji Oshima is the proud owner of a small corner grocery store, but he must now abandon everything and report to an assembly center.... Part of our Narrative Shorts: “Our Stories” Program.

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Nước | 2016

By Queyn Nguyen Le
5 min

Sat JUN 3 | 3:52 PM | America Cinemas

Set in the California Drought, Nước (Water/Homeland) is an experimental narrative short film about a queer Vietnamese American teen who attempts to piece together and understand their mom's experience as a Vietnam War refugee. Part of our Narrative Shorts: “Our Stories” Program.

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Fractured | 2016

By Arnold Chun
14 min

Sat JUN 3 | 3:57 PM | America Cinemas

The Park Family suffers the consequences of untreated Mental Health Illness. They are thrown into chaos with the events that occurred with their son. - Inspired by a True Event. Part of our Narrative Shorts: “Our Stories” Program.

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Radha | 2015

By Rupeshi Shah
13 min

Sat JUN 3 | 4:11 PM | America Cinemas

An adaptation of a famous Indian story - that of the Hindu god Krishna and his first love, Radha. While Krishna is worshipped by many devotees, it is Radha who's at the center of his universe. He's the flirtatious, popular boy; she's the reasonable, beautiful girl.... Part of our Narrative Shorts: “Our Stories” Program.

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The Loveliest Flower | 2016

By Victor Nhieu
11 min

Sat JUN 3 | 4:24 PM | America Cinemas

Vivian, a Vietnamese-American teenager, struggles to learn the native tongue of her family in an effort to grow closer to her departing grandmother. Part of our Narrative Shorts: “Our Stories” Program.

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Welcome To My World | 2016

By Ching Wang
12 min

Sat JUN 3 | 4:35 PM | America Cinemas

The ideal world of a compulsive alienated young man shatter as a spontaneous woman shakes up his everyday routine. A sparkling adventure between Bob, Alex, and Kiddo. Part of our Narrative Shorts: “Our Stories” Program.

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Relocation, Arkansas: Aftermath Of Incarceration | 2016 | Texas Premiere

By Vivienne Schiffer
78 min

Sat JUN 3 | 5:10 PM | America Cinemas

In 1942, 120,000 Japanese Americans were forced from their homes on the West Coast and into prisons in the interior. Two of those prison camps were at Rohwer and Jerome in Arkansas, a land of deep racial segregation....

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The Sugihara Project | 2016

By Asuka Lin
30 min

Sat JUN 3 | 7 PM | America Cinemas

Hiroto Sugihara is a 20 year old Japanese man who is paralyzed from the waist down after suffering from a spinal cord injury playing rugby. Recently he has attempted his first mountain climb at the famous Mount Fuiji...

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Crush The Skull | 2015

By Viet Nguyen
83 min

Sat JUN 3 | 1 PM | America Cinemas

On the surface, Ollie and Blair are a typical fun, young couple, secure enough to start making long-term plans together. They just happen to earn a dishonest living by breaking and entering into poorly secured, upper-class homes....

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Kumu Hina | 2014

By Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson
77 min

Sat JUN 3 | 2:45 PM | America Cinemas

During a momentous year in her life in modern Honolulu, Hina Wong-Kalu, a native Hawaiian māhū, or transgender, teacher uses traditional culture to inspire a student to claim her place as leader of the school's all-male hula troupe....

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The Lost Arcade | 2015

By Kurt Vincent and Irene Chin
79 min

Sat JUN 3 | 16:20 PM | America Cinemas

Chinatown Fair opened as a penny arcade in 1944. Over the decades, it became an institution, surviving gang wars, rising rents, and the explosive growth of home gaming systems like Xbox and Playstation that shuttered all other arcades in the city....

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Oblivion Season | 2014

By Abbas Rafei
94 min

Sat JUN 3 | 8 PM | America Cinemas

An ex-prostitute starts a new life by marrying her loved one but leaving the shadow of her dark past is not as easy as it seemed before. Now she is the prisoner of her loved one and to earn her freedom she should fight with the masculine society.

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Student Film Showcase | 2017

By Houston High School Students
20 min

Fri JUN 9 | 7 PM | America Cinemas

In cultivating the next generation of filmmakers, please join us this evening in watching the next group of future artists and their works! These students were given a week after our Student Filmmaking Workshop to write, record, and edit their original story.

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Student Film Showcase


Twenty Years | 2016

By David Liu
5 min

Fri JUN 9 | 8 PM | America Cinemas

On a dark night in the city, a police officer encounters a stranger waiting for an old friend.

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Breathin’: the Eddy Zheng Story | 2016

By Ben Wang
58 min

Fri JUN 9 | 8:06 PM | America Cinemas

Arrested at 16 and tried as an adult for kidnapping and robbery, Eddy Zheng served over 20 years in California prisons and jails....

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Breathin’: the Eddy Zheng Story Q&A

Featuring: Ben Wang
20 min

Fri JUN 9 | 9:07 PM | America Cinemas

Ben Wang is a documentary filmmaker whose previous films include AOKI (Co-Directed with Mike Cheng)...and MAMORI (Director, 2013 short documentary film that screened at CAAMFest)....

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OCA-Greater Houston T.E.A. Talks: Mass Incarceration

Featuring: Ben Wang
20 min

Sat JUN 10 | 11 AM | America Cinemas

Join us as BREATHIN’: THE EDDY ZHENG STORY director, Ben Wang, will lead T.E.A. Talks discussion on mass incarceration....

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Mele Murals | 2016 | Houston Premiere

By Tadashi Nakamura
67 min

Sat JUN 10 | 1 PM | America Cinemas

Graffiti writers Estria Miyashiro and John “Prime” Hina join forces in this colorful documentary about the Hawaiian youth art program Mele Murals, through which they teach kids to explore their creative side, and end up with lessons about identity, art, and selfhood of their own.

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Mele Murals Q&A

Featuring Tadashi Nakamura
20 min

Sat JUN 10 | 2:13 PM | America Cinemas

About the Filmmaker:

Tadashi Nakamura was named one of CNN’s Young People Who Rock for being the youngest filmmaker at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival....

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Annie Undocumented | 2014

By Daniel Hsia
25 min

Sat JUN 10 | 2:55 PM | America Cinemas

Inspired by a real-life story, Annie Undocumented is a timely new web series about a teenage girl who discovers that she's an undocumented immigrant. Part of our Family Shorts: “Our Bonds” Program.

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Home Is Where The Sunsets | 2016

By Kayla Tong
8 min

Sat JUN 10 | 3:21 PM | America Cinemas

Alison’s life in L.A. turns upside down when her family comes to visit from Hong Kong for the very first time. Stuffed into her cramped apartment, Alison finds beauty and heartache in the smallest of moments. Part of our Family Shorts: “Our Bonds” Program.

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Toenail | 2016

By Jingyi Shao
18 min

Sat JUN 10 | 3:29 PM | America Cinemas

Frank, a career obsessed yuppie, has never seen eye to eye with Chang, his perpetually fresh-off-the-boat father. But when a broken toenail sends his father to the hospital on the eve of his big promotion, Frank comes to learn what is truly important. Part of our Family Shorts: “Our Bonds” Program.

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For The Love Of Mangos | 2016

By Kayla Wong
15 min

Sat JUN 10 | 3:47 PM | America Cinemas

Know-it-all Rita tries to chip at her Indian immigrant father's traditionalism by setting him up with her feminist-studies professor. Her plan backfires when he arranges a date of her own with a childhood friend. Part of our Family Shorts: “Our Bonds” Program.

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Flip The Record | 2016

By Marie Jamora
15 min

Sat JUN 10 | 4:02 PM | America Cinemas

In this 1980s coming-of-age story set to pulsing hip-hop music, a Filipino-American teen discovers her identity through a budding talent for turntablism.



Part of our Family Shorts: “Our Bonds” Program.

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I Hate Big Phony | 2016

By Milton Liu
33 min

Sat JUN 10 | 4:45 PM | America Cinemas

Navigating in between cultures, the soulful Korean singer-songwriter-guitarist Bobby Choy discusses his emotionally moving music and performs some of it too, lending insight into his life journey and what’s next for him.

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Unbroken Glass | 2016 | Houston Premiere

By Dinesh Sabu
57 min

Sat JUN 10 | 5:30 PM | America Cinemas

When he was six-years-old, Dinesh Sabu’s parents died. Raised by his siblings, he had little idea who his parents were or where he came from. Now as an adult with a burning curiosity, Dinesh sets out on a journey across the United States and India to piece together their story....

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Tyrus | 2015

By Pamela Tom
73 min

Sat JUN 10 | 12:30 PM | America Cinemas

TYRUS is a feature-length documentary film that tells the unlikely story of Chinese American artist Tyrus Wong (and recently passed at age 106), and how he overcame poverty and racism to become a celebrated modernist painter, Hollywood sketch artist, and 'Disney Legend' for his groundbreaking work on the classic animated film, Bambi.

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Vimana | 2014

By Faroukh Virani
17 min

Sat JUN 10 | 2:45 PM | America Cinemas

Set in the near future, three Indian astronauts are on a one-way trip to settle a distant planet, Gliese-581g. Unfortunately, the ship's captain, Rishi, passes away after an adverse reaction to the hyper-sleep. Now it's up to the two remaining astronauts, Pankaj and Naaz, to come together and land the vessel in his memory.

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Operation Popcorn | 2015

By David Grabias
81 min

Sat JUN 10 | 3:25 PM | America Cinemas

During the Vietnam War, the CIA recruited Hmong tribesmen in Laos to fight against the Communists. Afterwards, tens of thousands of Hmong were forced to flee to the U.S. as refugees. Nearly 40 years later, video is smuggled out of Laos showing that the Communist government continues to persecute those Hmong still living there....

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Q Fest Houston


MFAH Films


Houston Media Source


Houston Latino Film Festival


 JACL Houston (Japanese American Citizens League - Houston)

KASH (Korean American Society of Houston)

CCC (Chinese Community Center)


CACA (Chinese American Citizens Alliance)

FANHS HTX (Filipino American National Historical Society - Houston Texas)



BPSOS - Houston (Boat People SOS)

APAHA (Asian Pacific American Heritage Association)

Mental Health America of Greater Houston


APAMSA TAMU (Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association - Texas A&M)

Unipro (Pilipino American Unity for Progress)

Center for the Healing of Racism
CHAA (Collective of Houston Asian Americans)



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