Thursday, June 3
Raising Awareness


In this colorful and moving animated documentary, a woman takes us through her emotional process after a racist encounter at the airport, offering an honest look at fear and connection in an era marked by uncertainty.

Radical Care: The Auntie Sewing Squad

The Auntie Sewing Squad is a group of mostly women of color volunteers who came together following the U.S. government’s botched response to the COVID-19 crisis.

COVID and Who I Am Now

A young Chinese Canadian medical student was attacked during the COVID-19 pandemic. This documentary explores Mary’s deep emotional journey and how she struggles with her self identity amid rising anti-Chinese racism during this unprecedented time.

After the screening is a Director Q&A session.

A Shot Through The Wall

A young Chinese-American cop unravels after accidentally shooting an innocent African-American man through a wall.

After the screening is a Director Q&A session.

Friday, June 4
Raising Youth


On her last night of work, a pregnant theater manager discovers a bag of cash under a seat and must decide what to do with it.

Unplanned Parenthood

A young adoptee has an unplanned pregnancy and must decide whether to abandon her education and future career to raise her unborn child, or to opt for an abortion or adoption and say goodbye to her only known kin before giving them a chance.

After the screening is a Director Q&A session.

Metamorphosis in the Slaughterhouse

Shadi is a little girl whose parents have been accused of murdering a girl in the village. The villagers killed her parents to seek revenge. Her uncle adopts her and now Shadi must face the problems that people of the village caused them.

After the screening is a Director Q&A session.

Saturday, June 5
Raising Voices

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

Grace Lee Boggs, a senior Chinese American woman who was writer, activist, and philosopher rooted for more than 70 years in the African American movement, she devoted her life to an evolving revolution that encompasses the contradictions of America’s past and its potentially radical future.

After the screening is a Director Q&A session.

Saturday, June 5
Raising Parents

Let's Eat

Let’s Eat follows the story of an immigrant mother and her daughter as they navigate through the beauty and challenges of life. Despite the difficulties they face, the warmth and love of family provides comfort and closeness, and cooking becomes a symbol of their unconditional love for one another.

Golden Boy

A daughter documents her father’s journey of balancing family and work and how he adapts to being a caregiver. While she films his journey, she is also managing her own life as a student, soon to be post-grad, and someone navigating her family history.

After the screening is a Director Q&A session.

Far East Deep South

Far East Deep South explores the seldom-told history of early Chinese immigrants living in the American South during the late 1800s to mid-1900s through the eyes of Charles Chiu and his family as they travel to Mississippi to find answers about his father, KC Lou. In the span of just several hours, a simple trip turns into an unexpected and emotional journey uncovering lost family history and the legacy of the early Chinese immigrants in the Deep South.

After the screening is a Director Q&A session.

Sunday, June 6
Raising Activists


VAKA is a short documentary about the energy and resilience of the Tokelauan people as they weave their customary-wisdom regarding the environment with modern eco-technologies to respond to climate change. 

Keep Saray Home

ICE doesn’t just separate families at the border. In the outskirts of Boston, three families face the impending threat of deportation. But as refugees from Cambodia and Vietnam, they know they’ll have to fight together to stay together.

After the screening is a Director Q&A session.

Raising Tourism

Cambodia Town: Not For Sale

CAMBODIA TOWN: NOT FOR SALE captures the collective grassroots organizing among Long Beach residents against the ongoing gentrification of small ethnic-owned shops in the heart of Cambodia Town. Members of the community and small business owners express how this sudden change would come at the cost of their deep-rooted livelihoods.

Vietnam: Fast Forward

Fast-forward four decades since its Reunification, Vietnam is finally coming of age as one of the fastest growing economies in the world, powered by the entrepreneurial spirit of a new generation (70% of the population is under 35 years of age) that is eager to pursue their personal dreams.

After the screening is a Director Q&A session.

Monday, June 7
Raising Fierce Women


On her sixteenth birthday, DI VILLANUEVA is faced with an ASWANG—an evil mythical creature of Filipino folklore—which pushes her to confront the roots she has tried so hard to ignore.

After the screening is a Director Q&A session.

Mickey on the Road

Best friends Mickey and Gin Gin are young women scraping by in southern Taiwan. Through misadventures--some comic, some brutal--Mickey and Gin Gin strengthen their friendship, and transform from rascally naifs into more mature souls with a clearer sense of themselves and the contemporary world.

After the screening is a Director Q&A session.

Tuesday, June 8
Raising Rebels

Atomic Cafe: The Noisiest Corner in J-Town

In the late 1970’s, when L.A.’s punk rock scene was exploding, an unlikely family-owned restaurant in Little Tokyo started by Japanese Americans returning from America’s WWII concentration camps, became one its most popular hang-outs. That’s when Sansei “Atomic Nancy” with her “take-no-prisoners” punk make-up and demeanor took the café over from her parents and cranked up the jukebox.


When an Asian-American skateboarder, who’s either stereotyped or ignored by everyone in her life, is invited to a skateboarding contest, her rare opportunity to shine is ruined by the presence of another Asian-American skateboarder.

After the screening is a Director Q&A session.

Fall Back Down

A depressed ex-activist takes a job in a sweatshop where he and his coworker make a grim discovery.

After the screening is a Director Q&A session.

Wednesday, June 9
Raising Storytellers

Goodbye, Vietnam

An animated documentary about the story of a Vietnamese refugee narrated by his daughter.

After the screening is a Director Q&A session.

Third Culture Kid

James Heinrich Nguyen, a Third Culture Kid, is battling an inner conflict about cultural heritage, identity and marriage.

After the screening is a Director Q&A session.

Love Letter to Houston

In the spirit of the season for love, the Houston Asian American Archive has selected four love stories from its archive to form the first episode "When Haru Met Saavi," as the premiere of the public program series "Dear Houston — Love, Asian America" on Valentine's Day, 2021. These four stories from past to present consist of ones crossing the ocean, crossing generations, and crossing gender norms. 

After the screening is a Director Q&A session.


When sixth-grader boy Qiu is bullied in school for having gay dads, his stepfather Howard, a flamboyant Jazz trumpet player, must confront his own nightmares of childhood bullying before he can provide his son a feeling of security.

Swingin' is the first dramedy/music film of its kind since Taiwan became the first (and only as of today) country in Asia to legalize same-sex in 2019.

Blue Lanterns

Kit and Fai, two innocent local Hong Kong kids, are approached by Chou, a mid-level gangster, in an arcade. As the two boys become entangled in the world of crime, their innocence disappears along with their friendship.

After the screening is a Director Q&A session.

Thursday, June 10
Raising Second Chances

Three-Second Rule

Life has its own mysterious way to challenge you for a decision you make within 3 seconds of your life, and the decisions these three girls make will challenge their outlook on life by forcing them to face themselves more honestly.


When a surprise party interrupts his plans, an anxious man has to find a private moment to confess his feelings for his friend before he moves away the next day.

After the screening is a Director Q&A session.


Four tales interconnect as a screenplay writer, obsessed with a character in the script, searches for the perfect ending, which leads to the discovery of strange musical instruments, a magical journey of zaniness and the creation of the Circle Key Band…but is the world ready for an Asian Rockstar?

After the screening is a Director Q&A session.

Friday, June 11
Raising Spirits


"We had to live the American Dream twice."

An intimate portrait of a sweet shop that has been an anchor for the Japanese-American community in Little Tokyo since 1903. The ingredients of the brightly-colored pieces of mochi-gashi that line Fugetsu-Do's wood-paneled cases include so much more than rice flour and sweet bean paste. Mixed inside are stories of joy and pain, tradition and racism, legacy and loss.

Koreatown Ghost Story

In this supernatural horror tale based on a Korean ritual starring Margaret Cho and Lyrica Okano, a woman entertains a macabre offer that would let her pursue her dreams, for better or for much much worse.

After the screening is a Director Q&A session.


Adulteress, traitor, heroine, or prey? In 1932, Celine Navarro was buried alive by her community in Northern California. This film digs up her story.

After the screening is a Director Q&A session.

Saturday, June 12
Raising Hope

Vincent Who?

Vincent Who? explores this important legacy through interviews with the key players at the time as well as a whole new generation of activists whose lives were impacted by Vincent Chin, a Chinese-American who was murdered in Detroit by two white autoworkers at the height of anti-Japanese sentiments in 1982. It also looks at the case in relation to the larger narrative of Asian American history, in such events as Chinese Exclusion, Japanese American Internment in WWII, the 1992 L.A. Riots, anti-Asian hate crimes, and post-9/11 racial profiling.

After the screening is a Director Q&A session.

Saturday, June 12
Raising Artists

To Be Visible

Houston Asian American Archive of Rice University presents "To Be Visible," a puppetry animation video project that shines lights on the human experience of being Asian and Asian American living in the United States.

The collections of oral history are from the Houston Asian American Archive.


Single mother Miyabi relies on her child idol daughter Kasumi as their only source of income and ticket to future financial stability. When Kasumi is replaced in the group by a more popular girl, Miyabi must ensure she gets her daughter back in the lineup.

After the screening is a Director Q&A session.

Tokyo Hula

Tokyo Hula explores the explosive popularity of the hula dance in Japan from both Native Hawaiian and Japanese perspectives. Today it is estimated there are nearly 2 million people dancing hula in Japan – a figure greater than the entire population of Hawaiʻi. Through the personal stories of Hawaiian master hula teachers and Japanese teachers and dancers, the documentary examines how tourism, economics and a love affair with the islands of Hawaiʻi has made hula big business in Japan.

After the screening is a Director Q&A session.

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