In this funny, heartfelt story, Billi’s family returns to China under the guise of a fake wedding to stealthily say goodbye to their beloved matriarch—the only person that doesn’t know she only has a few weeks to live. Golden Globe winner for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy. Official Selection at the Sundance Film Festival.
Abandoned by her family and neglected by her husband, Chandra, a Fijian Indian American, transforms herself from a servile girl into a woman who turns inward to an intimate relationship with God to find the strength to face the hardships she suffers. Using interviews, vérité footage and photographs, this documentary is a profile in courage as it reveals how one woman discovers the inner resources to come to terms with her life.
Growing up in Columbia, Missouri, director Grace Lee felt that she had a unique name and identity, as there were not many other Asians in her community. When she moved to New York City and Los Angeles, she found her name shared by many other people. Dissatisfied with the "nice" personality commonly ascribed to the Asian-American women with this name, she sets out to find people who break the mold, including Grace Lee Boggs, a Chinese-American philosopher and activist.
During World War II, 7,000 Filipino Americans volunteered their services to the U.S. Army and helped liberate their homeland from Japanese occupation. Director Noel M. Izon captures their stories through the voices of the veterans themselves - only half of whom are still alive today - and delivers touching personal accounts of the men's contributions and sacrifices during the war. Despite the fact that they endured a bleak, racist prewar climate and were not even considered U.S. citizens, these individuals rallied to join the war effort and cement their rightful place in American history.
The epic story of a family forced to emigrate from war-torn Laos after the chaos of the secret air war waged by the U.S. during the Vietnam War, to the mean streets of New York City. Kuras has spent the last 23 years chronicling the family's extraordinary journey in this deeply personal, poetic, and emotional film.
Arguably the first Asian American feature film to gain distribution outside the Asian American community, Wayne Wang’s 1982 comedy-drama upends the Charlie Chan trope by making “Chan” the missing person. With Wood Moy and Marc Hayashi.
A group of seemingly "perfect" high-school buddies lead double lives. They fly high in a world of petty crime and material excess - a free-wheeling lifestyle that soon takes a downward spiral, leading to an unexpected, violent end.
Wendell, a Korean adoptee, struggles to come out to his fundamentalist parents. In his effort to communicate with them, he accidentally jeopardizes his boyfriend's job, and their entire relationship. Wendell's best friend, Pam, and her precocious brother Timothy must deal with their mother's younger, charming, and manipulative boyfriend. Using their imaginative powers, they escape their confining home life and reinvent their world in a mind-bending conclusion
For many Chinese American athletes, Labor Day is dedicated to one thing and one thing only: nine-man. 9-MAN follows the history of the game, from the discrimination that many Chinese American immigrants faced in the 1930s to the physical and emotional battles that take place on the courts. Pivoting between the action on the parking lots and the late-night parties, the film captures the spirit of nine-man, as the players not only battle for a championship, but fight to preserve the sport they love