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  1. AFTEREARTH – Immersive Three-Panel Installation

    Jess X. Snow / Free Shorts, Documentary / Hawaii, USA / 2017 / Documentary, Shorts / 13 mins
    The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center brings history, art, and culture to you through innovative, community-centered museum experiences and digital initiatives throughout the U.S. and beyond, as a museum without walls. Recognizing the exciting potential in emerging technology and media, PAAFF and Smithsonian APAC are partnering to present an exceptional experimental short in a special exhibit that offers a glimpse into the future of storytelling
    Afterearth – Immersive Three-panel Installation

    Asian Arts Initiative
    November 17, 2018 12:30 pm


  2. An American Story: Norman Mineta & His Legacy

    Dianne Fukami / Tentpoles, Documentary / USA / Documentary / 60 mins
    A film about injustice, redemption, and a burning desire for all people to be treated equally, Norman’s American Story is a path from shame and humiliation as a child in a U.S. concentration camp to seeking justice for all Americans while serving 20 years in Congress and two presidential cabinets.
    An American Story: Norman Mineta & His Legacy

    Asian Arts Initiative
    November 18, 2018 7:00 pm


  3. Anote’s Ark

    Matthieu Rytz / Pacific Showcase, Documentary / Kiribati / Documentary / 77 mins
    The low-lying Pacific nation of Kiribati faces a daunting challenge: imminent annihilation from sea-level rise. As Anote Tong, Kiribati’s President, races to find a way to protect his nation’s people and maintain their dignity, many iKiribati are seeking safe harbor overseas.
    Anote’s Ark

    Lightbox Film Center
    November 11, 2018 4:30 pm Buy Tickets


  4. Being Bruno Banani

    Susann Wentzlaff & Jörg Junge / Pacific Showcase, Documentary / Germany, Tonga / Documentary / 90 mins
    Being Bruno Banani tells the unique story of the first and only Tongan luger who managed to qualify in an amazingly short amount of time for the Sochi 2014: XXII Olympic Winter Games. Through his name, he also acted as the first “living brand,” using a completely new and disputed way to get around the strict IOC’s advertising regulations.
    Being Bruno Banani

    Asian Arts Initiative
    November 16, 2018 6:00 pm


  5. Call Her Ganda

    PJ Raval / Documentary / Philippines / Documentary / 93 mins
    When Jennifer Laude, a Filipina trans woman, is brutally murdered by a U.S. Marine, three women intimately invested in the case—an activist attorney (Virgie Suarez), a transgender journalist (Meredith Talusan) and Jennifer’s mother (Julita “Nanay” Laude)-—galvanize a political uprising, pursuing justice and taking on hardened histories of U.S. imperialism.
    Call Her Ganda

    Lightbox Film Center
    November 10, 2018 3:30 pm Buy Tickets


  6. Corridor Four

    Stephen Tringali / Pacific Showcase, Documentary / USA / Documentary / 81 mins
    Awarded Best Documentary Feature at Washington West Film Festival 2017, CORRIDOR FOUR challenges the image of the American hero in a heartfelt portrait of 9/11 first-responder Isaac Ho’opi’i as he works to put that traumatic experience behind him through the support of his family and his love of music.
    Corridor Four

    Asian Arts Initiative
    November 18, 2018 5:15 pm


  7. Drawn Together: Comics, Diversity, And Stereotypes

    Harleen Singh / Free Movies, Documentary / USA / Documentary / 40 mins
    Drawn Together: Comics, Diversity and Stereotypes follows the journey of three talented artists as they use comics and cartoons to challenge racial, religious, and gender stereotypes and inspire others to breakthrough socially and self-imposed limitations.
    Drawn Together: Comics, Diversity, And Stereotypes

    Institute of Contemporary Arts
    November 10, 2018 11:00 am


  8. Forbidden City, USA

    Arthur Dong / Free Movies, Documentary / USA / Documentary / 56 mins
    Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Arthur Dong’s documentary Forbidden City, USA takes you inside the glamorous world of Chinatown nightclubs in World War II San Francisco. You will meet the “Chinese Fred Astaire,” the “Chinese Sophie Tucker,” and the “Chinese Sally Rand.” Eighty years before the all-Asian cast of Crazy Rich Asians made box office headlines, the world famous Forbidden City nightclub was shocking America with its “all-Chinese” American floorshows.
    Forbidden City, USA

    Institute of Contemporary Arts
    November 11, 2018 2:00 pm


  9. Futbolistas 4 Life

    Jun Stinson / Free Movies, Documentary / USA / Documentary / 40 mins
    Futbolistas 4 Life is about Oakland teens from Latinx immigrant families and the healing power of soccer. The film takes you into the lives of two high schoolers: one is a college hopeful and DACA applicant navigating the reality of his immigration status, and the other is an American citizen afraid that her undocumented parents may be deported. These youth take solace in the game of soccer, which lets them put their worries on the sidelines, if only for a moment.
    Futbolistas 4 Life

    Institute of Contemporary Arts
    November 10, 2018 12:15 pm


  10. Getting Lao’d: The Rise Of Modern Lao Music & Films

    Steve Arounsack / Free Movies, Documentary / Lao People's Democratic Republic / Documentary / 40 mins
    After 25 years of silence, the private Lao music and film industries are reawakening. Filmed over 10 years, Getting Lao’d follows a new generation of young pioneers as they reimagine Lao media in a communist country. The film features many of the country’s most prominent musicians and filmmakers, and is perhaps the most comprehensive examination of the media landscape in Laos.
    Getting Lao’d: The Rise Of Modern Lao Music & Films

    Fleisher Art Memorial
    November 13, 2018 5:00 pm