IMAGE MOVERS: Film Festival
Asian American Studies Center 50th Anniversary

This year marks the UCLA Asian American Studies Center's 50th anniversary. To continue our series of celebratory events, we are excited to host Image Movers, a three-weekend film festival featuring powerful imagery and poignant commentary about some of the most meaningful issues facing our AAPI communities. Each program features films organized around central themes. After each screening, audiences will hear from Asian American and Pacific Islander filmmakers and actors speaking to their creative journeys, as well as from scholars, artists, and community leaders on the meaning of these themes in today's world.


For sponsorship opportunities, please contact lgadia@aasc.ucla.edu.



Presented by UCLA Asian American Studies Center, Center for Ethnocommunications, Film and Television Archive, Melnitz Movies. In collaboration with Visual Communications, Film Quarterly, and UCLA Asian American Studies Department.




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We are proud to screen these feature films along with selected short films from UCLA Center for EthnoCommunications and the L.A. Asian Pacific Film Festival presented by Visual Communications.


To see feature films, click here. To see short films, click here.
To explore the films by themes or topics, click here.
To see the entire program, please go to the "Schedule" page.




FEATURE FILMS

Always Be My Maybe (2019) Episode Preview of PBS' "Asian Americans" documentary series (2020)

Awesome Asian Bad Guys (2014)

   

Bad Rap (2016)

Better Luck Tomorrow (2003)

Daughter of Shanghai (1937)

     

Enter the Dragon (1973)

Final Recipe (2013) Moananuiākea (2018)
     

Now Apocalypse (2019)

TV series: season 1, episode 1

Punching at the Sun (2006)

Saving Face (2004)

     

Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (2011)


** All films are subject to change based on availability.



SHORT FILMS




Across the Yumiverse (2017) Cultural Collage (2018) Eat your Baon (2019) Fighting for Family (2019)
       
Hiya (2018) Lights Up: Asian American Theater at UCLA (2018) Lost and Found (2007) Mama Pingpong Social Club (2018)
       
Master of the Sky (2015) Missing Piece Project (2018) Mother Tongue/Tiếng Mẹ Đẻ (2019) Muscles and Mascara (2017)
       
Phoenix Bakery: Sweets for the Sweet (2020) Pilgrimage (2003) Queering Movements (2019) Radical Cram School webisodes, Season 2 (2020)
       
Roots and Shoots (2017) Secret Lives of Asians at Night
(2019)
Step In: Asian American Urban Dance Communities (2019) The Collector (2018)
       
The Seattle Underground Railroad (2006) The Weight Off My Chest (2017)
 


THEMES AND TOPICS

THEMES AND TOPICS FILM TITLES
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* names in ( ) are the directors, unless noted

PBS Asian American series, episode 4 (Grace Lee)
Pilgrimage (Tadashi Nakamura)
The Seattle Underground Railroad + Lost and Found (Tam Tran)

The Missing Piece Project (Daniel Luu)

Better Luck Tomorrow (Justin Lin)

Fighting for Family (Lan Nguyen)

Awesome Asian Bad Guys (actors: Tamlyn Tomita and Randall Park)

The Collector (Linh Ngau, Michelle Shin, Mitchelle Zia)

Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Kristina Wong)

"Radical Cram School, season two" webisodes (Kristina Wong)

Muscles and Mascara (Michael Chang, Ryan Rodriguez, Janelle Sangalang, Tiffany Wong)

Hiya (Arielle Bagood)

The Weight Off My Chest (Emory Johnson)

Bad Rap (Salima Koroma)

Master of the Sky (Sumiko Braun)

Step In: Asian American Urban Dance Communities (Jeana Cho, Jasmin Han, Jenny Tan)

Across the Yumiverse (Kady Le)

Queering Movements (Yen Dinh, Rino Kodama, Ceci Sheng)

Cultural Collage ('Inoke Hafoka)

Roots and Shoots (Daniel Luu, Leann Pham)

Mother Tongue/Tiếng Mẹ Đẻ (Yen Dinh)

Eat Your Baon (Vanessa Codilla, Jenny Tan)

Always Be My Maybe (actors/writers/producers: Ali Wong, Randall Park, writer/co-producer: Michael Golamco, actor: James Saito)

Lights Up: Asian American Theater at UCLA (Arielle Bagood)

Activism Lost and Found, PBS' ASIAN AMERICANS series--"Episode 4: Generation Rising," Pilgrimage, The Missing Piece Project, Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Fighting for Family, The Seattle Underground Railroad, Moananuiākea: One Ocean, One People, One Canoe, Roots and Shoots

Community Across the Yumiverse, Bad Rap, Fighting for Family, Lights Up: Asian American Theater at UCLA, Moananuiākea: One Ocean, One People, One Canoe, PBS' ASIAN AMERICANS series-- "Episode 4: Generation Rising", Phoenix Bakery: Sweets for the Sweet, Pilgrimage, Roots and Shoots, Saving Face, Step In: Asian American Urban Dance Communities, The Missing Piece Project, The Seattle Underground Railroad, Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Food Always Be My Maybe, Eat your Baon, Phoenix Bakery: Sweets for the Sweet, Final Recipe

Family Always Be My Maybe, Cultural Collage, Eat your Baon, Fighting for Family, Mama Pingpong Club, Master of the Sky, Mother Tongue/Tiếng Mẹ Đẻ, Now Apocalypse--Episode 1: "This is the Beginning of the End", Phoenix Bakery: Sweets for the Sweet, Roots and Shoots, Saving Face, The Weight Off My Chest, Final Recipe

Immigration Better Luck Tomorrow, Fighting for Family, Hiya, Lost and Found, Punching at the Sun, Saving Face, The Missing Piece Project, The Seattle Underground Railroad

LGBTQ+ Queering Movements, Saving Face, The Missing Piece Project, The Weight Off My Chest, Now Apocalypse--Episode 1: "This is the Beginning of the End"

Pacific Islander Cultural Collage, Moananuiākea: One Ocean, One People, One Canoe

Horror Mama Pingpong Club, Secret Life of Asians at Night, The Collector

Comedy Awesome Asian Bad Guys, Now Apocalypse--Episode 1: "This is the Beginning of the End," Saving Face Secret Life of Asians at Night, Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Drama Daughter of Shanghai, Now Apocalypse--Episode 1: "This is the Beginning of the End," Secret Life of Asians at Night, Saving Face, Final Recipe

Documentary Across the Yumiverse, Cultural Collage, Eat your Baon, Fighting for Family, Hiya, Lights Up: Asian American Theater at UCLA, Lost and Found, Master of the Sky, Moananuiākea: One Ocean, One People, One Canoe, Mother Tongue/Tiếng Mẹ Đẻ, Muscles and Mascara, Phoenix Bakery: Sweets for the Sweet, Queering Movements, Roots and Shoots, The Missing Piece Project, The Seattle Underground Railroad, The Weight Off My Chest, Bad Rap, PBS' ASIAN AMERICAN Series--"Episode 4: Generation Rising", Anna May Wong Visits Shanghai, China

Music Always Be My Maybe, Bad Rap, Mother Tongue/Tiếng Mẹ Đẻ

Art Across the Yumiverse, Cultural Collage, Lights Up: Asian American Theater at UCLA, Master of the Sky

Dance Queering Movements, Roots and Shoots, Step In: Asian American Urban Dance Communities

Mental Health Across the Yumiverse, Hiya, Muscles and Mascara, Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Multi-Racial/Mixed Race Cultural Collage, Master of the Sky, PBS' ASIAN AMERICANS series--"Episode 4: Generation Rising"

Women Anna May Wong Visits Shanghai, China, Bad Rap, Cultural Collage, Daughter of Shanghai, Muscles and Mascara, Saving Face, Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Across the Yumiverse, Hiya

South Asian Now Apocalypse--Episode 1: "This is the Beginning of the End", Punching at the Sun, Queering Movements, The Seattle Underground Railroad

Southeast Asian Eat your Baon, Fighting for Family, Mother Tongue/Tiếng Mẹ Đẻ, The Missing Piece Project, The Seattle Underground Railroad

Filipinx American Eat your Baon, Hiya, PBS' ASIAN AMERICANS series--"Episode 4: Generation Rising", Awesome Asian Bad Guys, Step In: Asian American Urban Dance Communities

Cambodian American Roots and Shoots

Vietnamese American Lost and Found, Mother Tongue/Tiếng Mẹ Đẻ, PBS' ASIAN AMERICANS series--"Episode 4: Generation Rising", The Missing Piece Project, Fighting for Family, The Seattle Underground Railroad

Pakistani American Punching at the Sun

Indian American Punching at the Sun, Queering Movements

Restorative Justice Fighting for Family, PBS' ASIAN AMERICANS series--"Episode 4: Generation Rising", Better Luck Tomorrow

History Awesome Asian Bad Guys, Daughter of Shanghai, Lights Up: Asian American Theater at UCLA, Moananuiākea: One Ocean, One People, One Canoe, PBS' ASIAN AMERICANS series--"Episode 4: Generation Rising ", Pilgrimage, Step In: Asian American Urban Dance Communities, The Missing Piece Project

Chinese American Always Be My Maybe, Anna May Wong Visits Shanghai, China, Better Luck Tomorrow, Daughter of Shanghai, Enter the Dragon, Mama Pingpong Club, Phoenix Bakery: Sweets for the Sweet, Secret Life of Asians at Night, Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo's Night, Muscles and Mascara, Saving Face, Final Recipe

Japanese American PBS' ASIAN AMERICANS series--"Episode 4: Generation Rising", Pilgrimage, Secret Life of Asians at Night, Across the Yumiverse

Korean American Always Be My Maybe, Bad Rap, Better Luck Tomorrow, Secret Life of Asians at Night, Daughter of Shanghai, Final Recipe

African American Bad Rap, PBS' ASIAN AMERICANS series--"Episode 4: Generation Rising", Punching at the Sun

Latinx American PBS' ASIAN AMERICANS series--"Episode 4: Generation Rising"

East Asian Always Be My Maybe, Bad Rap, Better Luck Tomorrow, Phoenix Bakery: Sweets for the Sweet, Secret Life of Asians at Night, Daughter of Shanghai, Pilgrimage, Mama Pingpong Club, Enter the Dragon, Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Muscles and Mascara, Saving Face, Across the Yumiverse, Anna May Wong Visits Shanghai, China, Final Recipe

Masculinity Bad Rap, Better Luck Tomorrow, Enter the Dragon, Punching at the Sun

Sexuality Now Apocalypse--Episode 1: "This is the Beginning of the End", Queering Movements






Presented by UCLA Asian American Studies Center, Center for Ethnocommunications, Film and Television Archive, Melnitz Movies.
In collaboration with Visual Communications, Film Quarterly, and UCLA Asian American Studies Department.



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