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  1. Havana Divas

    S. Louisa Wei / Free Movies, Documentary / Hong Kong / Documentary / 90 mins
    Caridad Amaran and Georgina Wong learned the art of Cantonese opera in 1930s Havana. Caridad’s mentor was her foster father, Julian Fong, who immigrated to Cuba in the 1920s after his family forbade him from performing opera. Georgina’s father was a famous tailor in Chinatown, who encouraged her to learn Kungfu and lion dance. Although each was an only child, they formed a sisterhood on stage.
    Havana Divas

    Institute of Contemporary Arts
    November 10, 2018 3:00 pm


  2. In Search Of A Nation

    Prakash Angdembe / Documentary / Bhutan, India, Nepal / Documentary / 105 mins
    Desh Khojdai Janda’s film documents the more than 120,000 forgotten Nepali-speaking Bhutanese citizens from Bhutan who spent two decades in refugee camps (some of whom are still living there) in Jhapa and Morang, Nepal.
    In Search Of A Nation

    Asian Arts Initiative
    November 18, 2018 12:45 pm


  3. Jizolibido

    Yoshiaki Kasatani / Free Movies, Documentary / Japan / Documentary / 61 mins
    Atelier Yamanami is a care facility for the disabled located in Koka, Shiga Prefecture in Japan. Currently, 88 users are registered as artists, all of whom possess a unique way of expressing themselves through various media and whose works are highly valued abroad. This documentary explores these artists’ “relationship between their mental states and their art.
    Jizolibido

    Fleisher Art Memorial
    November 13, 2018 6:30 pm


  4. Leitis In Waiting

    Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson, and Kumu Hina Wong-Kalu / Pacific Showcase, Documentary / Tonga / Documentary / 70 mins
    LEITIS IN WAITING is the story of Joey Mataele and the Tonga Leitis, an intrepid group of native transgender women fighting a rising tide of religious fundamentalism and intolerance in their South Pacific Kingdom.
    Leitis In Waiting

    Asian Arts Initiative
    November 17, 2018 6:05 pm


  5. Living in the Story

    Lynn Estomin / Free Movies, Documentary / USA / Documentary / 52 mins
    LIVING IN THE STORY documents thirty-five years of art making by the distinguished photographic artist Patrick Ryoichi Nagatani, one of the most brilliant photographic artists of our era. The film portrays an artist deeply concerned and well informed about world events who uses imagery, storytelling, and narrative fiction to raise awareness about modern anxieties with an emphasis on the threat of nuclear weapons technology.
    Living in the Story

    Fleisher Art Memorial
    November 15, 2018 6:30 pm


  6. Origin Story

    Kulap Vilaysack / Documentary / USA, Lao People's Democratic Republic / Documentary / 106 mins
    In her directorial debut, actor/writer/podcaster Kulap Vilaysack explores her tangled family tree to find out who she is. When Vilaysack was 14, she took her father’s side in an argument and her mother replied, “Why are you defending him? He’s not your real dad.” Twenty years later, she’s finally ready to learn what that means.
    Origin Story

    Asian Arts Initiative
    November 18, 2018 3:00 pm


  7. Prison Food

    Aditya Thayi / Filipino Food Sunday, Free Movies, Documentary / Indonesia, Philippines / Documentary / 44 mins
    Who says prison food needs to be boring? In this series, Filipino-American Chef Johneric Concordia heads to some of Asia’s most notorious prisons to see what’s cooking behind bars.
    Prison Food

    Reading Terminal Market
    November 11, 2018 12:00 pm


  8. Revolution Selfie: The Red Battalion

    Steven de Castro / Documentary / Philippines / Documentary / 120 mins
    REVOLUTION SELFIE expands the horizons of documentary storytelling while broadening our understanding about the lesser-known fronts in the global “War on Terror.” Filmmaker Steven De Castro paints a portrait of the 48-year-old Maoist guerilla army in the Philippine hinterlands.
    Revolution Selfie: The Red Battalion

    Asian Arts Initiative
    November 17, 2018 12:45 pm


  9. Ritoma

    Ruby Yang / Documentary / Tibet / Documentary / 57 mins
    High on the Tibetan Plateau, the old way of life is on the decline. Oscar winner Ruby Yang follows the nomads of Ritoma as they navigate the collision of tradition and modernity.
    Ritoma

    Asian Arts Initiative
    November 17, 2018 3:15 pm


  10. Surviving Bokator

    Mark Bochsler / Documentary / Cambodia, Canada / Documentary / 97 mins
    What started as a genocide survivor’s dream to revive an ancient sport becomes an inspiring mission to heal a nation.
    Surviving Bokator

    Lightbox Film Center
    November 9, 2018 6:45 pm Buy Tickets