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2017 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival


Shorts Programs / 100 mins


Downtown Independent
April 30, 2017 11:30 am


Filmmakers in attendance! 

Recall those grade school projects where we had to construct stories in a shoebox? These directors ignite our affective memory with miniature scenery, childhood innocence and vapor tea pots. — Kristen Lee


Community Partners: Chinatown Community for Equitable Development (CCED), Flash CutsChinese American Museum

In This Program

  1. Sampaguita Love

    Gail Gutierrez / USA / 2016 / 20 mins
    The professionalization of nursing in the Philippines originates from early twentieth century American colonialism. SAMPAGUITA LOVE explores a sisterhood of Filipina nurses, and honors the beauty in their resilience.

  2. Under the Same Sky

    Yoyo Li / Shorts Competition / China, USA / 2016 / 19 mins
    During the Chinese government's national campaign on "equal" education, the different realities of a city boy and a countryside boy are revealed as they both go to school.

  3. Single Mother Only Daughter

    Ellie Wen / Hong Kong, USA / 2016 / 10 mins
    A personal documentary capturing a conversation between a mother and daughter that brings them closer.

  4. Semiotics of Sab

    Tina Takemoto / USA / 2016 / 5 mins
    An oblique portrait of gay Japanese American actor, Sab Shimono, whose work on stage and screen spans more than five decades. The grammatology of his career attests to conflicting lexicons of race, representation, and selfhood.

  5. Please Come Again

    Alisa Yang / Shorts Competition, Programmers' Picks / Japan / 2016 / 9 mins
    Narrating the collective and personal memory of three generations of Asian women though the lens of Japanese love hotels.

  6. The Last Tip

    Patrick Chen / USA / 2016 / 5 mins
    During the course of his meal, a loyal patron reminisces into his past memories at his favorite restaurant one last time.

  7. Forever, Chinatown

    James Q. Chan / Shorts Competition, Programmers' Picks / USA / 2016 / 32 mins
    FOREVER, CHINATOWN is the story 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.

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Dates & Times


Downtown Independent
April 30, 2017 11:30 am