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Amazonia
A film by Nandini Sikand, 2001, 8 min., Color/BW

In this highly personal and visually evocative testimonial, critically acclaimed South Asian filmmaker Nandini Sikand poignantly presents her sister’s...

Anna May Wong: In Her Own Words
A film by Yunah Hong, 2011, 56 min., Color

Anna May Wong knew she wanted to be a movie star from the time she was a young girl—and by 17 she became one. A third generation Chinese-American, she...

The Basement Girl
A film by Midi Onodera, 2000, 12 min., Color

Abandoned by her lover, a young woman finds comfort and safety in her basement apartment. Mundane routines, a diet of junk food and the warmth of the...

Between the Lines: Asian American Women's Poetry
A film by Yunah Hong, 2001, 60 min., Color

BETWEEN THE LINES offers rare interviews with over 15 major Asian-Pacific American women poets. Organized in interwoven sections such as Immigration, ...

The Children We Sacrifice
A film by Grace Poore, 2000, 61 min., Color

Shot in India, Sri Lanka, Canada and the United States, and screened in 18 countries, this evocative, visually powerful documentary is about incestuou...

Color Schemes
A film by Shu Lea Cheang, 1989, 28 min., Color

An upbeat, ironic look at America’s multicultural society, COLOR SCHEMES uses the metaphor of “color wash” to tackle conceptions of racial assimilatio...

The Displaced View
A film by Midi Onodera, 1988, 52 min., Color

THE DISPLACED VIEW is a film that movingly depicts the odyssey of an American-born Japanese granddaughter in search of her identity through her grandm...

The Fourth Dimension
A film by Trinh T. Minh-ha
Produced by Jean-Paul Bourdier and Trinh T. Minh-ha
, 2001, 87 min., Color

Acclaimed filmmaker Trinh T. Minh-ha ventures into the digital realm with her stunning new feature, THE FOURTH DIMENSION, an incisive and insightful e...

The Grace Lee Project
A film by Grace Lee, 2005, 68 min., Color

When award-winning Korean-American filmmaker Grace Lee was growing up in Missouri, she was the only Grace Lee she knew. As an adult, however, she move...

Halving the Bones
A film by Ruth Ozeki, 1995, 70 min., Color/BW

Skeletons in the closet? HALVING THE BONES delivers a surprising twist to this tale. This cleverly-constructed film tells the story of Ruth, a half-...

Helen Lee Compilation
Films by Helen Lee, Color

Helen Lee’s internationally acclaimed short films are now available for purchase in a 3-DVD set. This compilation includes SALLY’S BEAUTY SPOT (1990),...

History and Memory: For Akiko and Takashige
A film by Rea Tajiri, 1991, 32 min., Color/BW

Groundbreaking and haunting, this film is a poetic composition of recorded history and non-recorded memory. Filmmaker Rea Tajiri’s family was among th...

Japanese American Women
A film by Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro and Leita Hagemann Luchetti, 1992, 28 min., Color

The stereotype of the polite, docile, exotic Asian woman is shattered in this documentary in which a dozen women speak about their experiences as part...

Juxta
A film by Hiroko Yamazaki, 1989, 29 min., BW

This beautiful drama observes the psychological effects of racism on two children of Japanese women and American servicemen. Thirty-one year old Kate,...

Knowing Her Place
A film by Indu Krishnan, 1990, 40 min., Color

A moving investigation of the cultural schizophrenia experienced by Vasu, an Indian woman who has spent most of her life in the U.S. Vasu's relationsh...

The Learning
A film by Ramona Diaz, 2011, 98 min., Color

One hundred years ago, American teachers established the English-speaking public school system of the Philippines. Now, in a striking turnabout, Ameri...

Memory/all echo
A film by Yunah Hong, 1990, 27 min., Color

“Based on selections from late Korean-American writer Theresa H.K. Cha’s ‘Dictee’, this work by videomaker Yun-ah Hong gives primacy to her staccato,...

Mitsuye and Nellie
A film by Allie Light and Irving Saraf, 1981, 58 min., Color

This absorbing documentary examines the lives of Asian Americans through the inspirational poetry of Mitsuye Yamada and Nellie Wong. Interviews, rare ...

Motherland
A film by Dai Sil Kim-Gibson, 2006, 41 min., Color

How do we decide where is home? Feeling increasingly isolated in her adopted homeland, accomplished documentarian Dai Sil Kim-Gibson (SILENCE BROKEN: ...

Mountains that Take Wing: Angela Davis & Yuri Kochiyama
A film by C.A. Griffith & H.L.T. Quan, 2009, 97 min., Color

Thirteen years, two radical activist all-stars-one conversation. Internationally renowned scholar, professor and writer Angela Davis and 89-year-old ...

My Niagara
A film by Helen Lee, 1992, 40 min., Color

Grasping the texture of half-expressed desire, this beautifully drawn drama evokes the complex dislocations of an Asian American woman. Shadowed by th...

On Cannibalism
A film by Fatimah Tobing Rony, 1994, 6 min., Color

King Kong meets the family photograph in this provocative experimental video exploring the West's insatiable appetite for native bodies in museums, wo...

Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority
A film by Kimberlee Bassford, 2008, 56 min., Color/BW

In 1965, Patsy Takemoto Mink became the first woman of color in the United States Congress. Seven years later, she ran for the US presidency and was t...

Poetry of Resilience
A film by Katja Esson, 2011, 40 min., Color

Academy® Award nominated director Katja Esson’s (FERRY TALES, LATCHING ON) exquisitely made film explores survival, strength and the power of the huma...

Sally's Beauty Spot
A film by Helen Lee, 1990, 12 min., Color

A large black mole above an Asian woman's breast serves as a metaphor for cultural and racial difference in this engaging experimental film. Offscreen...

Searching for Go-Hyang
A film by Tammy Tolle, 1998, 32 min., Color

A moving personal documentary, SEARCHING FOR GO-HYANG traces the return of twin sisters to their native Korea after a fourteen year absence. Sent awa...

Seven Hours To Burn
A film by Shanti Thakur, 1999, 9 min., Color/BW

"A visually expressive personal documentary that explores a family's history. Filmmaker Thakur mixes richly abstract filmmaking with disturbing archi...

Subrosa
A film by Helen Lee, 2000, 22 min., Color

SUBROSA traces a young woman's journey to Korea, the land of her birth, to find the mother she's never known. This exquisitely crafted drama probes th...

Summer of the Serpent
A film by Kimi Takesue, 2004, 27 min., Color

This beautiful short drama exquisitely explores the unlikely bond that develops between two people from different worlds. Eight-year old Juliette sits...

A Tale of Love
A film by Trinh T. Minh-ha, 1995, 108 min., Color

Portraying the Vietnamese immigrant experience through Kieu, A TALE OF LOVE follows the quest of a woman in love with ‘Love’. The film is loosely ins...

Tea & Justice
A film by Ermena Vinluan, 2010, 55 min., Color

TEA & JUSTICE chronicles the experiences of three women who joined the New York Police Department during the 1980s—the first Asian women to become mem...

Two Lies
A film by Pam Tom, 1989, 25 min., BW

Doris Chu, a recently divorced Chinese American woman, has plastic surgery to make her eyes rounder. From her teenage daughter Mei's perspective, her ...

Who’s Going to Pay for These Donuts, Anyway?
A film by Janice Tanaka, 1992, 58 min., Color

A brilliant collage of interviews, family photographs, archival footage and personal narration, this videotape documents Japanese American video artis...

Women Organize!
A film by Joan E. Biren, Union Institute Ctr. for Women & Women and Organizing Documentation Project, 2000, 32 min., Color

WOMEN ORGANIZE! is an inspirational, half hour video that portrays women organizers across the U.S. who are involved in the global struggles for racia...

Yuri Kochiyama: Passion for Justice
A film by Pat Saunders and Rea Tajiri, 1994, 57 min., Color

Yuri Kochiyama is a Japanese American woman who has lived in Harlem for more than 40 years with a long history of activism on a wide range of issues. ...

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