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.

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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.





We are excited to welcome these panelists to our programs.

Panelists are also listed by program/date in the "Schedule"

All panelists are subject to change based on availability.

randall akee naalehu anthony vivian bang stephen dypianco
Randall Akee Nā'ālehu Anthony Vivian Bang Stephen Dypiangco
UCLA Professor Filmmaker Actor + Writer + Producer Filmmaker
patrick epino florante ibanez gina kim kirn kim
Patrick Epino Florante Ibanez Gina Kim Kirn Kim
Filmmaker Librarian + Activist + UCLA Alum Filmmaker and UCLA Professor Social Justice Defender
salima koroma grace lee milton liu danm ayeda
Salima Koroma Grace Lee Milton Liu Dan Mayeda
Director + UCLA Alum Filmmaker + UCLA Alum Filmmaker + Activist Activist + UCLA Professor
rekstizzy set rongkilyo renee tajima
erin Khuê Ninh Rekstizzy Set Hernandez Rongkilyo Renee Tajima-Pena
IAC & AASC Visiting Scholar + Associate Professor, UCSB Rapper Co-Founder, Undocumented Filmmaker Collective + UCLA Alum Filmmaker + UCLA Professor + EthnoCommunications Director
karen umemoto

Karen Umemoto

Anna Wong Kristina Wong Phil Yu
AASC Director + UCLA Professor Producer + Activist Performance Artist, Writer, Comedian and Elected Representative in Koreatown Los Angeles + UCLA Alum Blogger
Teddy Zee