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2018 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

Special Presentations

Pay special attention to our Special Presentations as we revisit stories from our heritage, history and identities, and discover how they still hold true to the stories we try to tell today.


  1. #AsAmCreatorRollCall – The Episodics

    Special Presentations / 75 mins
    A panel of Asian American filmmakers present their latest episodic projects and discuss this new and exciting avenue for content creators. After the screening, the conversation will center on developing and pitching episodic content, and panelists will share key insight for activating pilot screenings.

    In This Program: SUSANELAND, FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS, CHING CHONG BLUES

    #AsAmCreatorRollCall – The Episodics

    David Henry Hwang Theater @ East West Players
    May 6, 2018 12:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  2. THE CHINESE EXCLUSION ACT

    Ric Burns, Li-Shin Yu / Special Presentations / USA / 2017 / Documentary / 160 mins
    FREE PROGRAM. Examine the origin, history and impact of the 1882 law that made it illegal for Chinese workers to come to America and for Chinese nationals already here ever to become U.S. citizens.
    THE CHINESE EXCLUSION ACT

    Tateuchi Democracy Forum @ JANM
    May 6, 2018 6:30 pm Rush Line Only


  3. FIND YOUR VOICE

    Chris Herd / Special Presentations / Australia, New Zealand / 2018 / 96 mins
    A celebration of family and culture as a young rapper finds his voice, on a comical yet spiritual journey to his Maori homeland.
    FIND YOUR VOICE

    Regal L.A. Live - Theatre 13
    May 8, 2018 9:30 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  4. IT’S A PARTY

    Weldon Wong Powers / Special Presentations / USA / 2018 / Comedy / 78 mins
    VENUE IS 21+ ONLY. The unsuccessful friends of a popular rapper have gathered for a surprise birthday party at his house, only to realize he may never show up.

    Preceded by: JUST A KID FROM SEATTLE

    IT’S A PARTY

    Regal L.A. Live - Theatre 13
    May 9, 2018 9:30 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  5. KULEANA

    Brian Kohne / Special Presentations / USA / 2016 / Drama, Mystery / 95 mins
    In 1971 Hawaii, a disabled Vietnam vet rediscovers the warrior within to protect his family, defend their land, and clear his father's name.

  6. MULAN: A SING ALONG (20th Anniversary Screening)

    Barry Cook, Tony Bancroft / Special Presentations / USA / 1998 / Animation, Children, Musical / 90 mins
    FREE PROGRAM. Come to an outdoor screening and celebrate APAHM and the 20th Anniversary of Disney® favorite MULAN, as we sing-along to its musical hits under the stars. Presented by Angry Asian Man, L.A. City Councilmember David Ryu, Kore Asian Media, Pacific Bridge Arts Foundation, and Street Food Cinema.
    MULAN: A SING ALONG (20th Anniversary Screening)

    Park Center @ Griffith Park
    May 11, 2018 6:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  7. OUT OF STATE

    Ciara Lacy / Special Presentations / USA / 2017 / Documentary, Drama, Human Rights, Pacific Islander, Social Issues / 79 mins
    Shipped from Hawaii to a private prison in Arizona, two native Hawaiians discover their indigenous traditions from a fellow inmate serving a life sentence.

    Preceded by: MOVING WALLS


  8. PRISON FOOD

    Aditya Thayi / Special Presentations / Indonesia, Philippines / 2017 / Documentary / 44 mins
    Johneric Concordia steps into Asia’s most notorious prisons to discover a hotbed of human ingenuity with food as he cooks for inmates.

  9. PROOF OF LOYALTY

    Lucy Ostrander, Don Sellers / Special Presentations / USA / 2017 / Documentary, History / 55 mins
    PROOF OF LOYALTY tells the story of a Japanese American who played a crucial strategic role in World War II.

    Preceded by: AMERICAN

    PROOF OF LOYALTY

    Downtown Independent
    May 5, 2018 11:00 am Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  10. SNEAK PEEK: A NEW DARK COMEDY BY H.P. MENDOZA

    H.P. Mendoza / Special Presentations / USA / 2017 / Comedy, Drama, LGBTQIA+, Pacific Islander / 96 mins
    VENUE IS 21+ ONLY. This special sneak peek, which will be attended by H.P. Mendoza and cast, is a "home for the holidays" dark comedy where a Filipino American family plots to kill an abusive member.
    SNEAK PEEK: A NEW DARK COMEDY BY H.P. MENDOZA

    AMC Dine-in Sunset 5
    May 4, 2018 9:30 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets