For over four decades, the Nakamura family—filmmaker Robert A. Nakamura and producer Karen Ishizuka, with their son Tadashi—have helped shape the landscape of Asian American media through their thoughtful films and fierce dedication to community and representation. Join us for this conversation and retrospective.
Eliaichi Kimaro / USA, Tanzania / 2011 / 82 min / San Francisco Premiere
Eliaichi Kimaro is a mixed-race, first-generation American with a Tanzanian father and Korean mother. When her retired father moves back to Tanzania, Eliaichi begins a project that evocatively examines the intricate fabric of multiracial identity, and grapples with the complex ties that children have to the cultures of their parents.
India’s official entry to the 84th Academy Awards is a meditative story of the determination of an aging couple to perform the Islamic pilgrimage of Hajj. This simple yet revelatory cinematic experience unpretentiously explores virtue, loyalty, and devotion against the picturesque simplicity of rural Kerala.
Song Il-Gon / South Korea / 2011 / 106 min / North America Premiere
A beautiful woman going blind, a tough ex-boxer, a cute puppy, and some criminal thugs add up to what The Hollywood Reporter called “one of the few contemporary movies D.W. Griffith could easily embrace.” Korean male-modelturned- actor So Ji-sub and television starlet Han Hyo-joo star in this unabashed crowd-pleaser.
Christopher Woon / USA / 2011 / 56 min / San Francisco Premiere
The feature version of an award-winning 2004 short, Among B-Boys explores the intersection of breakdancing and Hmong ethnic identity, as it picks up the stories of three young Hmong Americans, b-boyin’ from California to Oklahoma and bridging the gap between modern urban culture and traditional Hmong identity. With short Brothers.
Eduardo W Roy Jr. / Philippines / 2011 / 93 min / San Francisco Premiere
The chaos and joy of life in a Manila maternity ward bursts from the screen in this powerful new work, which seamlessly fuses professional actors and real-life nurses into its fictionalized tale of an overwhelmingly female world.
Byron Q / USA / 2010 / 101 min / San Francisco Premiere
Bang Bang is the story of Asian American teenagers dealing with deteriorating family lives and escalating gang violence. Thai Ngo, best known as real-life Portland rap artist "Thai,” debuts as a resilient Vietnamese teenager looking for a way out of the gang life. Winner, Best First Feature, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.
Jess dela Merced / USA / 2011 / 14 min / San Francisco Premiere
San Francisco native Jess dela Merced directs and stars in this dark comedy about a former Beauty Pageant winner who resorts to desperate measures to please her mother and attract a high-school crush. Winner, 8th annual Chicago Filipino American Film Festival.
Lou Nakasako / USA / 2011 / 11 min / World Premiere
Brothers tiptoes across the nebulous line between good and evil, a line portrayed through the relationship between two apparently opposite brothers. Set against a gritty Los Angeles cityscape and inspired by real sibling dialogues, this short glows with honesty and irony.
Standing less than five feet tall and weighing less than 100 pounds, 98-year-old Keiko Fukuda is the first and only woman to hold 10th Dan, Judo’s highest black belt. Director Yuriko Gamo Romer weaves archival footage, intimate interviews, and on-the-mat action to bring you her remarkable story. With short Ring Laila. Meet Keiko Fukuda on 3/18. Read more »