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Speaking in Tongues - 4 Kids. 4 Languages. 1 City. 1 World.
At a time when thirty one states have passed "English Only" laws, four pioneering families put their children in public schools where, from the first day of kindergarten, their teachers speak mostly in a foreign language. Speaking in Tongues follows…
A Village Called Versailles
In a New Orleans neighborhood called Versailles, a tight-knit group of Vietnamese Americans overcame obstacles to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina, only to have their homes threatened by a new government-imposed toxic landfill. A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES is the empowering story…
Coolies, Sailors, Settlers - Voyage to the New World
Part of the Series: Ancestors in the Americas
Explores how people from the Philippines, China and India first arrived on the shores of North and South America, their survival amid harsh conditions, re-migrations and settlement in the Americas. The film travels across oceans and centuries of time to…
Forever, Chinatown - An Artist Recreates His Childhood Chinatown in a Rapidly Changing San Francisco
Forever, Chinatown is a documentary of unknown, self-taught 81-year-old artist Frank Wong who has spent the past four decades recreating his fading memories by building romantic, extraordinarily detailed miniature models of the San Francisco Chinatown rooms of his youth. This…
Chinese in the Frontier West - An American Story
Part of the Series: Ancestors in the Americas
This film documents the large-scale migration of Chinese to California during the Gold Rush of the 1850s and the central role that these immigrants played in developing the American West by building the first Transcontinental Railroad and transforming California into…
Finding Kukan - Uncovering the Story of An Asian-American Female Producer from the 1940's
KUKAN, a landmark color film that revealed the atrocities of World War II China to audiences around the world, was the first ever American feature documentary to receive an Academy Award in 1942 and was considered lost for decades. When…
Vincent Who? - The Murder of a Chinese-American Man
In 1982, at the height of anti-Japanese sentiments arising from massive layoffs in the auto industry, a Chinese-American named Vincent Chin was murdered in Detroit by two white autoworkers. Chin's killers, however, got off with a $3,000 fine and 3…
Carved In Silence - Inside Angel Island Immigration Station
Carved in Silence tells the story of Chinese immigrants who were detained at the United States Immigration Station at Angel Island in San Francisco Bay during the little known Chinese Exclusion era. The film examines the genesis of racially discriminatory…
The Slanted Screen - Hollywood’s Representation of Asian Men in Film & Television
From silent film star Sessue Hayakawa to Harold & Kumar Go to Whitecastle, THE SLANTED SCREEN explores the portrayals of Asian men in American cinema, chronicling the experiences of actors who have had to struggle against ethnic stereotyping and limiting…
Chinese Couplets - A Family's Journey Though Chinese Exclusion
Part memoir, part history, part investigation, Chinese Couplets spans two centuries, three countries and four generations of women in this intimate story that reveals the impact of America's Chinese Exclusion Acts on journalist filmmaker Felicia Lowe's family. Lowe offers a…
Tested - The Flaws in the American Public School System
The gap in opportunities for different races in America remains extreme. Nowhere is this more evident than our nation's top public schools. In New York City, where Blacks and Hispanics make up 70% of the city's school-aged population, they represent…
14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark and Vanessa Lopez
14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez explores the recurring question about who has the right to be an American citizen. 14 examines the citizenship clause of the 14th Amendment through compelling personal stories and expertly-told history. Under…
Home from the Eastern Sea - The Story of Asian Immigration to America
This is the story of the immigration of Chinese, Japanese, and Filipinos to America. The documentary explores the history of each nationality through the personal stories of representative families. The film begins with the story of the Yee family of…
Issei: The First Generation
"Lost" 1984 documentary, rediscovered and restored, about Japanese men and women who, at the turn of the century, immigrated to the West Coast of the United States. These pioneers tell their own stories of struggles and triumphs in a new…
One Big Hapa Family - The Japanese-Canadian Identity
After a realization at a family reunion, half Japanese-Canadian filmmaker, Jeff Chiba Stearns, embarks on a journey of self-discovery to find out why everyone in his Japanese-Canadian family married interracially after his grandparents' generation. This feature live action and animated…
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Phans of Jersey City
A true gem of 1970s American cinema verite filmmaking re-released! The Phans of Jersey City fills a gap in our cinematic history of Vietnam by documenting a South Vietnamese family recently relocated to the United States. Evoking the realist style…
Mr. Cao Goes to Washington
What happens when the naivete of a political rookie clashes with the realities of racial politics of the American South and ultra-partisan struggles in Washington DC? Mr. Cao Goes To Washington follows the unexpected journey of Rep. Joseph Cao-the first…
House Of Suh
One of Chicago's most famous murder cases surrounded sister and brother Catherine and Andrew Suh, first-generation Korean Americans, who conspired against, shot, and killed Catherine's former boyfriend.
The Chinese Gardens
The Chinese Gardens looks at the lost Chinese community in Port Townsend, WA, examining anti-Chinese violence in the Pacific Northwest in the late 1800s and drawing connections between past and present race relations in the United States. Through text, brief…
Island Roots - A Filipino-American Story
When the Filipino pioneers of the 1920's and 30's settled on Bainbridge Island, Washington they were hired by Japanese-American landowners to tend their renowned strawberry farms. The bombing of Pearl Harbor turned this relationship upside down when the Japanese Americans…