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2017 San Diego Asian Film Festival

Asian American Panorama

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


  1. 95 AND 6 TO GO

    Kimi Takesue / Asian American Panorama / USA / 2016 / Documentary, Family / 85 mins
    In this extraordinary personal documentary, recent widower Tom Takesue shares his Honolulu home with visiting granddaughter Kimi, who happens to be working on a screenplay. In pensive, casual conversations about her script, Tom and Kimi co-create not only a film but trace a charming family history.

    Preceded by: WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS

    95 AND 6 TO GO

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    Monday, Nov 13, 2017 6:30PM Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  2. ABU

    Arshad Khan / Asian American Panorama / Canada / 2017 / Documentary, LGBT / 80 mins
    Pakistani Canadian filmmaker Arshad Khan lays bare his struggle reconciling his sexual identity with his father, a devout Muslim. Combining family home video, animation, Bollywood clips, and new footage, ABU recounts a family history across two countries and a personal journey from victim to activist.

    Preceded by: THE FBI BLEW UP MY ICE SKATES

    ABU

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    Thursday, Nov 16, 2017 8:00PM Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  3. CARDINAL X

    Angie Wang / Asian American Panorama / USA / 2017 / Comedy, Drama / 99 mins
    Don’t mess with Angie. That’s Angie, the working-class college student now working between class cooking MDMA for the rich kids on campus. And that’s Angie Wang, director of CARDINAL X, the baddest, hardest-churning, hardest-partying ‘80s Asian American romp on tradition, model minority myths, and your daddy’s immigrant dreams you’ll ever see.
    CARDINAL X

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    Saturday, Nov 11, 2017 8:00PM Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  4. COLUMBUS

    kogonada / Asian American Panorama / USA / 2017 / Drama / 104 mins
    Columbus, Indiana is a wonderland of modernist architecture, but for local Casey (Haley Lu Richardson) it is lovely but insufficient, and for outsider Jin (John Cho) it has a resplendent hollowness no doubt colored by his professor father, who has just fallen into a coma there. Director Kogonada frames the city as a sublime portal for unexpected human connections.
    COLUMBUS

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    Tuesday, Nov 14, 2017 8:45PM Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  5. THE FEELS

    Jenée LaMarque / Asian American Panorama / USA / 2017 / Comedy, LGBT, Romance / 90 mins
    Constance Wu stars in this hilarious romp about a lesbian couple’s bacherlorette weekend, when one of the fiancées admits to having never had an orgasm. Talking about sex can be fun, awkward, painful, and liberating, and THE FEELS delivers on all that plus more: an ensemble cast that captures the joyous spontaneity of friendship.
    THE FEELS

    Museum of Photographic Arts
    Saturday, Nov 18, 2017 5:45PM Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  6. FERMENTED

    Jonathan Cianfrani / Asian American Panorama / USA / 2017 / Documentary, Food / 67 mins
    Chef Edward Lee takes us on an international journey to speak with chefs and enthusiasts committed to the centuries-old technique of fermentation. From cheese and beer, to kimchi and soy sauce, we behold the patience, diligence, and knowledge it takes to produce some of our most familiar delights.

    Preceded by: SHUEI-DO MANJU SHOP

    FERMENTED

    UltraStar Mission Valley
    Sunday, Nov 12, 2017 5:40PM Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  7. FINDING KUKAN

    Robin Lung / Asian American Panorama / USA / 2016 / Documentary, Historical / 75 mins
    In 1941, Hawaii-born Chinese American Li Ling-Ai helped make the film Kukan. But despite the film’s best documentary short Oscar, Li fell into obscurity, never getting the due credit that went to her white male collaborator. In FINDING KUKAN, director Robin Lung digs into the archive to locate the film and affirm a pioneer of Asian American cinema.
    FINDING KUKAN

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    Tuesday, Nov 14, 2017 4:00PM Buy Tickets


  8. I AM ANOTHER YOU

    Nanfu Wang / Asian American Panorama / USA / 2017 / Documentary / 82 mins
    A Chinese filmmaker becomes fascinated by a young Florida man homeless by choice. What starts off as an ethnography of street life leads Wang across the U.S. to the family that hasn’t seen the man in years, and into the personal demons and disaffection that comes with self-determination. An edge-of-your-seat allegory worthy of Serial.
    I AM ANOTHER YOU

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    Tuesday, Nov 14, 2017 6:00PM Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  9. ISLAND SOLDIER

    Nathan Fitch / Asian American Panorama / Afghanistan, Federated States of Micronesia, USA / 2017 / Documentary / 85 mins
    6,000 miles from America is Kosrae, a Micronesian island that has become a “recruiter’s paradise” for young men looking to leave behind their fishing boats for armored tanks. ISLAND SOLDIER takes us from the Pacific Islands to Afghanistan and even San Diego, revealing the heartache of a community and its weary ties with the United States.
    ISLAND SOLDIER

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    Monday, Nov 13, 2017 6:20PM Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  10. LAND WITHOUT PEOPLE

    Mooyoung Kim / Asian American Panorama / USA / 2017 / Documentary, Experimental / 43 mins
    In 2009, an influential Koreatown church purchased an affordable housing complex merely to evict the tenants and build a parking lot for its churchgoers. A look at the entanglement of church, capitalism, and class, this introspective hybrid documentary follows an immigrant community as it tries to gain clarity on its future.

    Preceded by: YI

    LAND WITHOUT PEOPLE

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    Saturday, Nov 11, 2017 5:35PM Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  11. MAINELAND

    Miao Wang / Asian American Panorama / China, USA / 2017 / Documentary / 89 mins
    Every year, an eclectic group of fresh-faced teenagers from China end up in Fryeburg, Maine for boarding school. Spanning three years of culture shock and school dances, this documentary captures a Chinese generation adapting to the global demands of the modern era, and a storied American institution adjusting to the new faces of its campus.
    MAINELAND

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    Sunday, Nov 12, 2017 1:00PM Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  12. MY ENEMY, MY BROTHER

    Ann Shin / Asian American Panorama / Canada / 2017 / Documentary / 85 mins
    Former enemies of the Iran-Iraq War are now best of friends living in Vancouver. Decades after they left their homelands, they return – one for family, the other for love. An astonishing true story of shared fates and life-long promises, MY ENEMY, MY BROTHER finds abounding humanity in the empathy of war's survivors.
    MY ENEMY, MY BROTHER

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    Saturday, Nov 11, 2017 1:30PM Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  13. OUT OF STATE

    Ciara Lacy / Asian American Panorama / USA / 2017 / Documentary / 79 mins
    Due to overcrowding in the islands, Hawaii has been shipping its prisoners to a for-profit detention center in Arizona. But in this exile community, and against the coldness of the prison industrial complex, the inmates embrace their native identity and forge a Hawaiian “home” across oceans of sadness and displacement.

    Preceded by: MOTHER’S DAY

    OUT OF STATE

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    Friday, Nov 10, 2017 7:50PM Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  14. LIVE PODCAST PANEL 1: SATURDAY SCHOOL

    Asian American Panorama / Panel / 60 mins
    Where are the Asian American films for kids? Join Saturday School podcasters Ada Tseng and Brian Hu as they're joined by special guest Lee Ann Kim to discuss Mulan, Moana, and more!
    PANEL 1

    Marriott Mission Valley
    Saturday, Nov 11, 2017 1:00PM Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  15. LIVE PODCAST PANEL 2

    Asian American Panorama / Panel / 60 mins
    Come watch journalists from Potluck, a collective of Asian American podcasters, as they record episodes of their podcasts with Asian American entertainers, commentators, and artists.
    PANEL 2

    Marriott Mission Valley
    Saturday, Nov 11, 2017 2:45PM Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  16. LIVE PODCAST PANEL 3: THEY CALL US BRUCE

    Asian American Panorama / Panel / 60 mins
    Two pioneers of Asian American journalism Jeff Yang and Phil Yu present an unfiltered conversation about what's happening in Asian America.
    PANEL 3

    Marriott Mission Valley
    Saturday, Nov 11, 2017 4:30PM Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  17. THE PROBLEM WITH APU

    Michael Melamedoff / Asian American Panorama / USA / 2017 / Comedy, Documentary / 49 mins
    South Asian American comedian Hari Kondabolu confronts his long-standing “nemesis” Apu Nahasapeemapetilon – better known as the Indian convenience store owner on The Simpsons.
    THE PROBLEM WITH APU

    Museum of Photographic Arts
    Saturday, Nov 18, 2017 7:45PM Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  18. REEL VOICES

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

    In This Program: GROWING UP HIP HOP, BELOW THE SURFACE, WHAT DOES GAY LOOK LIKE?, PERCEPTIONS, ANDROGYNE, A(MEXI)CAN, IRENE, BLACK HAIR MAGIC, TELEWOMEN, HOME AWAY FROM PHTEAH, PLAN A PLAN B

    REEL VOICES

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    Sunday, Nov 12, 2017 12:00PM Buy Tickets


  19. SHORTS: BEST OF ASIAN ANIMATION

    Asian American Panorama / 85 mins
    Memories of childhood and visions of the timeless come to life through diverse animation styles in this series of shorts from Japan, Taiwan, India, and the United States.

    In This Program: ELECTRIC CHARM, TRAVELLING THROUGH BRUSH AND INK, SCENT OF GERANIUM, WHAT A PEACEFUL DAY, TOUGH, THIS MIGHT NOT MAKE SENSE NOW, BUT DON’T WORRY, IT WILL., OPAL WALTZ, I FEEL NAKED, RRRRRAAAAAMMMMM, PANDA, SEMBLANCE, THE ART OF APING, NEGATIVE SPACE, MAGNITUDE RITUALS, ELSEWHERE, WHITE TUNNEL, CRUSHED IN SPACE, TINY LISA

    SHORTS: BEST OF ASIAN ANIMATION

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    Sunday, Nov 12, 2017 5:50PM Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  20. SHORTS: CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?

    Asian American Panorama / 106 mins
    Whether empowering, expressive, long-lost, or ghostly, some voices demand to be heard.

    In This Program: ON THE ORIGIN OF FEAR, DISTANCE, FLIP THE RECORD, JAZZ ABROAD, SINGLE MOTHER ONLY DAUGHTER, MY EYES ADORE YOU, SLEEPING WITH THE DEVIL, VIBRATION

    SHORTS: CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?

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    Wednesday, Nov 15, 2017 4:00PM Buy Tickets