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11th Annual CSM Asian Pacific American Film Festival

Join us for CSM’s 11th Annual Asian Pacific American Film Festival! 

This event is free for all and free parking will be available in Lot A, right next to Theatre Building 3. Films will be shown in three programs throughout the day.

When: Saturday, September 17, 2022, 12 pm
Where: CSM Theatre Building 3

For event questions, please call (650) 574‑6231.

Parking Lot B is closest to the Theatre. View the Campus Map.

Learn more about the history of the Asian Pacific American Film Festival.

11th Annual CSM Asian Pacific American Film Festival


Time Description
12 pm

Maybe (Kat Cole, 2018)
A young Filipino American girl, growing up in a religious family in Honolulu, secretly begins to explore her emerging Queer identity.

Call Her Ganda (PJ Raval, 2018)
When Jennifer Laude, a Filipina trans woman, is brutally murdered by a U.S. Marine, three women intimately invested in the case – an activist attorney (Virgie Suarez), a transgender journalist (Meredith Talusan) and Jennifer’s mother (Julita “Nanay” Laude) galvanize a political uprising.
3 pm

Liliu (Jeremiah Tauamiti, 2019)
A young Samoan court interpreter (Vito Vito), working during the years of Samoa’s colonization by New Zealand, risks everything to stand up for a wrongfully-imprisoned matai (Ana Tuisila) and help her stranded grandchildren.

Vai (Collectively directed by Becs Arahanga, Amberley Jo Aumua, Matasila Freshwater, Dianna Fuemana, Mira George, Ofa Guttenbeil, Marina McCartney, Nicole Whippy, and Sharon Whippy; 2019)
Vai (“Water”) is a portmanteau feature film made by nine female Pacific filmmakers, filmed in seven different countries of Oceania: Fiji, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Kuki Airani (Cook Islands), Samoa, Niue, and Aotearoa (New Zealand). It is about the journey of Vai, played by a different Indigenous actress in each of the seven countries.
6 pm

Pepper (Jayil Pak, 2018)
When the Korean goddess of birth visits a maternity ward to grant a couple their son, an unforeseen ghost alters her plan.

Georgia (Jayil Pak, 2020)
When the police refuse to investigate their daughter’s alleged suicide, two computer-illiterate parents decide to design a protest banner. This film is based on the infamous 2004 Miryang case in South Korea.

Swimming (Anna Chi, 2019)
Michelle, a Queer Chinese American teenager, feels ignored after the birth of her new sister. It seems Michelle’s mother and stepfather know nothing about what’s happening in her life – do they only want her around as a babysitter?

Conversation with filmmaker Anna Chi