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  • 4 Pillars

    Live / Shorts & Live Performance / 120 mins

    This shorts program explores the Four Pillars of Hip Hop and the various Asian American communities that have immersed themselves in them.

    4 Pillars Shorts + Year Of The Ox Live

    Asian Arts Initiative
    November 17, 2017 8:30 pm

  • The Aliens

    Byron Yee / Narrative / USA / Narrative / 105 mins

    Growing up, Jacob used to spend every Saturday night camping in the desert with his disgraced astronomer father, waiting for the extra-terrestrials to arrive.

    The Aliens

    Lightbox Film Center
    November 10, 2017 9:15 pm Buy Tickets

  • And Then They Came For Us

    Abby Ginzberg / Documentary / USA / Documentary / 47 mins

    This compelling documentary narrated in part by George Takei brings history into the present, retelling the difficult story of Japanese American incarceration and following contemporary activists as they speak out against the Muslim registry and travel ban.

    And Then They Came For Us

    Institute of Contemporary Art
    November 11, 2017 1:10 pm

  • The Apology

    Tiffany Hsiung / Documentary / Canada, China, Korea, Philippines / Documentary / 105 mins

    The Apology follows the personal journeys of three former “comfort women” who were among the 200,000 girls and young women kidnapped and forced into military sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II.

    The Apology

    Asian Arts Initiative
    November 19, 2017 12:15 pm

  • Aunt Lily’s Flower Book

    Live / Live Performance / 60 mins

    In this mixed media theater performance, Emmy-winning musician Mark Izu accompanies his wife and “America’s foremost Asian storyteller” Brenda Wong Aoki to share touching and personal family histories with universal and contemporary appeal.

    Aunt Lily’s Flower Book

    Lightbox Film Center
    November 11, 2017 6:15 pm Buy Tickets

  • Becoming American Shorts

    Free, Free Shorts / USA / Animated, Short / 54 mins

    This series of FREE shorts offers a glimpse at a few of the many pathways to becoming an American in both a legal sense and identity. Subjects include Syrian refugees, undocumented college students, and first-generation identity crisis.

    Becoming American Shorts

    Institute of Contemporary Art
    November 10, 2017 2:00 pm

  • Centerpiece Narrative: Better Luck Tomorrow

    Justin Lin / Narrative / USA / Crime Drama, Teen / 101 mins

    Ben (Parry Shen) is a perfectionist and overachiever whose tunnel vision leads to nothing less than graduating at the top of his class.

    Centerpiece Narrative: Better Luck Tomorrow

    Lightbox Film Center
    November 11, 2017 9:30 pm Buy Tickets

  • Blasian Narratives

    Live / Live Performance / 50 mins

    Blasian Narratives is a multi-media “Docu-Theatre” project that explores the intersectional identities of mixed-race Black & Asian individuals through an integrated live performance and film screening.

    Blasian Narratives

    Asian Arts Initiative
    November 18, 2017 7:15 pm

  • Cardinal X

    Angie Wang / Narrative / USA / Crime, Drama / 94 mins

    Based on the life of filmmaker Angie Wang, this film dramatizes the true story of a Chinese American chemistry student who became the largest supplier of ecstasy on the West Coast in the early 1980s.

    Cardinal X

    Asian Arts Initiative
    November 18, 2017 8:45 pm

  • Chinese Exclusion Act – Part 1

    Ric Burns, Li-Shin Yu / Free / USA / Documentary / 90 mins

    Co-produced by Center for Asian American Media, this film underscores important connections between the Chinese Exclusion Act and the history of US immigration. By examining the socio-economic and geo-political forces that led to the Act, the film uncovers its unmistakable and wide-ranging consequences on national attitudes towards race, culture, politics, and society.

    Chinese Exclusion Act (Part 1 & 2)

    Institute of Contemporary Art
    November 12, 2017 11:30 am