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Asian American Panorama

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The best of Asian American and Asian Canadian cinema in all of its colors – from short film programs and animation, to documentaries about the famous and infamous, to feature-length tales of woe and humor.


  1. BAD RAP

    Salima Koroma / Asian American Panorama / USA / 2016 / Documentary, Music / 81 mins
    Four Asian American rappers seek to carve their place on the music map, only to find that self-doubt and a reluctant record industry often get in the way of their passion for spitting fiery lyrics, weaving catchy beats, and flaunting a bold new face for hip-hop.
    BAD RAP

    UltraStar Mission Valley
    Saturday, November 5, 2016 2:45 pm


  2. BREATHIN’: THE EDDY ZHENG STORY

    Ben Wang / Asian American Panorama / USA / 2016 / Documentary / 61 mins
    At 16, Eddie Zheng went to prison. After serving 20 years, he's emerged as a speaker and figurehead of Asian American activism in the Bay Area. Ben Wang’s documentary, ten years in the making, follows Zheng as he mentors inmates and young immigrants, while facing new legal challenges of his own.

    Preceded by: LAPS

    BREATHIN’: THE EDDY ZHENG STORY

    UltraStar Mission Valley
    Saturday, November 5, 2016 8:35 pm


  3. CHEE AND T

    Tanuj Chopra / Asian American Panorama / USA / 2016 / Comedy, Drama / 80 mins
    Two Silicon Valley debt collectors get a gig below their pay grade, but end up way over their heads. When their boss asks them to shuttle his nephew around, Chee and T end up on a hilarious chase involving haircuts, drugs, and an engagement party that will test their loyalties.

    Preceded by: HAND FART

    CHEE AND T

    UltraStar Mission Valley
    Saturday, November 5, 2016 3:55 pm


  4. DAZE OF JUSTICE

    Michael Siv / Asian American Panorama / Cambodia, USA / 2016 / Documentary, History / 69 mins
    With cameras, a group of seniors, and a tooth-and-nail-fighting law professor, documentarian Michael Siv returns to his native Cambodia to wring an honest apology out the calloused hands of the worst offenders of Pol Pot’s genocidal regime, in the names of justice and healing alike.
    DAZE OF JUSTICE

    UltraStar Mission Valley
    Sunday, November 6, 2016 1:20 pm


  5. THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN

    Kelly Fremon Craig / Asian American Panorama / USA / 2016 / Comedy, Romance / 102 mins
    Ever the outcast, teenager Nadine feels especially alone after her best and only friend Krista develops the hots for Nadine’s ew-gross younger brother. Laugh-out-loud funny, tender, and with a rare Asian American male romantic hero, THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN is the high school comedy done right.
    THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN

    UltraStar Mission Valley
    Thursday, November 10, 2016 8:25 pm


  6. Fallen Star

    FALLEN STAR: FINDING HOME

    Vera Brunner-Sung, Valerie Stadler / Asian American Panorama / USA / 2016 / Documentary / 50 mins
    Do Ho Suh’s beloved structure Fallen Star has been perched off a building at UCSD since 2012, when the architectural marvel sparked conversations about art, diaspora, belonging, balance, and home. This wondrous documentary shows how Suh’s enigma of engineering and artistry came to be, and the logistical feat that made it happen.
    FALLEN STAR: FINDING HOME

    UltraStar Mission Valley
    Friday, November 4, 2016 5:30 pm


  7. IN PURSUIT OF SILENCE

    Patrick Shen / Asian American Panorama / USA / 2015 / Documentary, Music / 81 mins
    A stunning and expansive meditation on the sounds that envelop us and the certain solace that is the bath of silence. Documentarian Patrick Shen follows artists, wanderers, and scientists for whom silence is not a void, but the purest state of being.

    Preceded by: IF I WERE ANY FURTHER AWAY I’D BE CLOSER TO HOME

    IN PURSUIT OF SILENCE

    UltraStar Mission Valley
    Wednesday, November 9, 2016 6:35 pm


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    IT AIN’T NECESSARILY SO

    Masa Fox / Asian American Panorama / Japan, USA / 2015 / Documentary, Music / 34 mins
    A budding Japanese jazz singer and her biracial vocal instructor struggle to agree on the proper way to sing Gershwin’s “I Loves You Porgy.” Directed by and starring Masa Fox, this crafty medium-length film mines humor out of the awkwardness of performing culture across borders.

    Preceded by: BORN WITH IT

    IT AIN’T NECESSARILY SO

    UltraStar Mission Valley
    Wednesday, November 9, 2016 4:00 pm Buy Tickets


  9. IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY

    Joella Cabalu / Asian American Panorama / Canada, Philippines, USA / 2016 / Documentary, LGBT / 45 mins
    After Jay came out to his sister Joella, they discovered that they had a number of gay relatives. So the siblings decided to pay their extended family a visit, and Joella decided to film it. IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY is a sweet, affectionate documentary about family love across continents and generations.
    IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY

    UltraStar Mission Valley
    Thursday, November 10, 2016 5:50 pm


  10. THE LOCKPICKER

    Randall Okita / Asian American Panorama / Canada / 2016 / Drama / 94 mins
    Numbed by the recent death of a friend, Hashi wanders through high school committing petty robberies while enduring the odious machismo of his peers. Keigian Tang delivers a star-making performance in the title role, his eyes longing for escape as the world’s cacophony weighs upon his skull.
    THE LOCKPICKER

    UltraStar Mission Valley
    Saturday, November 5, 2016 3:30 pm


  11. MELE MURALS

    Tadashi Nakamura / Asian American Panorama / USA / 2016 / Documentary / 64 mins
    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.
    MELE MURALS

    La Paloma Theatre
    Saturday, November 12, 2016 3:25 pm


  12. MIXED MATCH

    Jeff Chiba Stearns / Asian American Panorama / Canada / 2016 / Documentary / 96 mins
    It’s overwhelmingly difficult for mixed-race patients to find bone marrow matches, but MIXED MATCH finds activists and blood cancer patients who refuse to let the odds defeat them. Jeff Chiba Stearns' documentary is inspiring as a call to action, and illuminating as a conversation about race in medicine.
    MIXED MATCH

    UltraStar Mission Valley
    Sunday, November 6, 2016 1:10 pm


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    RANDOM ACTS OF LEGACY

    Ali Kazimi / Asian American Panorama / Canada / 2016 / Documentary, History / 77 mins
    By chance, director Ali Kazimi stumbled upon hours of home movies from 1936-1951 shot by Silas Fung, a commercial artist obsessed with the Chicago World’s Fair and the ceaseless documentation of his own family. The resulting documentary is a loving and invaluable portrait of middle-class Chinese America in the Midwest during the Depression era.

    Preceded by: SEMIOTICS OF SAB

    RANDOM ACTS OF LEGACY

    UltraStar Mission Valley
    Saturday, November 5, 2016 1:40 pm


  14. Reel Voices

    REEL VOICES

    Asian American Panorama / 120 mins
    Thirteen high school students from San Diego create documentaries based on subjects in their own lives.

    In This Program: ADMISSIONS, ART SURVIVES, CAN I ASK YOU A QUESTION?, DAVID AND GOLIATH, FULL CIRCLE, HUMAN, ISLAND OF MISFIT BOYS, LIFE ROLLS ON, LIVING IN FREEDOM, MIRACLE BABY, MOTHERLANDS, ORACLE, PERFECT IMPERFECTION

    REEL VOICES

    UltraStar Mission Valley
    Sunday, November 6, 2016 12:00 pm Buy Tickets


  15. RE:ORIENTATIONS

    Richard Fung / Asian American Panorama / Canada / 2016 / Documentary, History, LGBT / 68 mins
    In 1984, pioneering videomaker Richard Fung released the documentary Orientations, which explored the lives of lesbian and gay Asians in Canada. With RE:ORIENTATIONS, Fung revisits his subjects 30 years later, reflecting on aging and politics, and in the process telling a community’s history through those who lived it.
    RE:ORIENTATIONS

    UltraStar Mission Valley
    Tuesday, November 8, 2016 4:00 pm Buy Tickets


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    SHORTS: ANIMAL INSTINCTS

    Asian American Panorama / 99 mins
    In these shorts, there’s no accounting for the drive that makes our characters lash out against the hands they’ve been dealt.

    In This Program: THE CHICKEN OF WUZUH, CREASED, MOVE OUT NOTICE, RETRIEVER, THE WALTZ, FANNY PACK, PAPER TIGER

    SHORTS: ANIMAL INSTINCTS

    UltraStar Mission Valley
    Monday, November 7, 2016 4:00 pm Buy Tickets


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    SHORTS: BEST OF ASIAN ANIMATION

    Asian American Panorama / 100 mins
    Memories of childhood and visions of the timeless come to life through a variety of animation styles in this series of shorts from Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and the United States.

    In This Program: AGE OF OBSCURE, WORST-CASE SCENARIO, INC., POKEY POKEY, ARRIVAL, WINDOW, INSECT BITE, VITA LAKAMAYA, HOLD ME (CA CAW CA CAW), DEER FLOWER, FABRIC COSMOS, NOON

    SHORTS: BEST OF ASIAN ANIMATION

    UltraStar Mission Valley
    Sunday, November 6, 2016 7:05 pm


  18. In the Still of the Night 2

    SHORTS: BOATS ON FIRE

    Asian American Panorama / 97 mins
    Short films that look in the ocean of the past to find memories blurred by migration, national calamity, and the passions of youth.

    In This Program: CHRISTMAS IN AMERICA, NOODLE DELI, CLIFF, SUPERFAN!, NUÔC, EXCERPT: FENCES, THREE WHEELS, IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT

    SHORTS: BOATS ON FIRE

    UltraStar Mission Valley
    Thursday, November 10, 2016 4:00 pm Buy Tickets


  19. ANOTHER CITY Still (4 of 7)

    SHORTS: FOR THE TIME BEING

    Asian American Panorama / 90 mins
    Bus riders, convicts, daughters, and lovers caught in little moments that, in flashes of surprising clarity, define who they are and how they’ve been shaped.

    In This Program: NIGHT OUT, HOTEL 22, DEATH IN A DAY, ANOTHER CITY, (ALMOST) FREEDOM, A SUNNY DAY

    SHORTS: FOR THE TIME BEING

    UltraStar Mission Valley
    Saturday, November 5, 2016 4:05 pm


  20. Robo Saints

    SHORTS: POKÉMON GAY

    Asian American Panorama / 100 mins
    From cosplay love and time-bending hopes, to the sometimes-elusive entity known as parental acceptance, our slate of films tries to catch ‘em all.

    In This Program: ROBO SAINTS, BEFORE THE FUTURE, LIKE HOPE, DO NOT THINK FOR A MOMENT, PAMANHIKAN, GAYSIANS, SPUNKLE

    SHORTS: POKÉMON GAY

    UltraStar Mission Valley
    Saturday, November 5, 2016 6:15 pm