Saturday Shows - 5/27, 10 AM - 10 PM

Guild Theater, 2828 35th Street, Sacramento, CA 95817

Free Screening and Panel  |  Afternoon Shows  |  Evening Shows

Saturday Free Screening and Panel - 5/27, 10 AM - 12:30 PM

Guild Theater, 2828 35th Street, Sacramento, CA 95817

FREE FILM SCREENING: Who Killed Vincent Chin?

10 AM

RENEE TAJIMA-PEÑA & CHRISTINE CHOY / Documentary / USA / 1988 / 82min

Synopsis: In a Detroit bar in 1982, a Chrysler Motors foreman and his stepson hurled ethnic insults at 27-year-old Chinese American Vincent Chin. According to witnesses, the men mistook Chin for a Japanese man and blamed him for the loss of jobs in the then-depressed American auto industry. Then they pursued him outside and bludgeoned him to death with a baseball bat.

The Academy Award-nominated Who Killed Vincent Chin?, directed by Renee Tajima-Peña and Christine Choy, follows the incident from eyewitness accounts to the trial, the lenient sentencing of the two men, and the outcry from the Asian American community. Devastated by her loss but determined to see justice, Vincent’s mother Lily spearheaded a nationwide protest which led to a Supreme Court case for charges of civil rights violations.

Renee Tajima-Peña is an Academy Award nominated filmmaker whose credits include Who Killed Vincent Chin?, MY AMERICA...or Honk if You Love Buddha, The New Americans: Mexico Story, Calavera Highway, and her newest film, No Más Bebés. Her films have screened at the Cannes, Hong Kong, New Directors/New Films, SXSW, Sundance and Toronto film festivals and the Whitney Biennial and she has been awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship, USA Broad Fellowship, Alpert Award in the Arts for Film/Video, a Peabody and a Dupont-Columbia Award.

Tajima-Peña teaches social documentary at UCLA, where she is a professor of Asian American Studies, the director of the Center for EthnoCommunications and holds an endowed chair in Japanese American Studies. She is the inaugural Filmmaker-in- Residence of the International Documentary Association.

FREE PANEL DISCUSSION: API Films, Issues, and Activism

11:30 AM

Following the FREE screening of Who Killed Vincent Chin?, we host “API Films, Issues, and Activism”, a FREE panel discussion with festival filmmakers and local community leaders, including:

  • Basim Elkarra, Executive Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Sacramento Valley (CAIR-Sacramento Valley)
  • Corinne Manabat Cuevo, Director, Why We Rise
  • Josh Kaizuka, Attorney and Co-President of Florin JACL-Sacramento Valley (Florin JACL-SV) Japanese American Citizens League
  • Duc Nguyen, Director of Stateless
  • Michael Siv, Director of Daze of Justice and subject of Spencer Nakasako’s Refugee
  • Catherina Nou, Board Chair of Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)

Moderated by Jonathan Tran (The California Endowment), panelists will be sharing thoughts and engaging the audience in a dialogue to consider how API filmmaking, current events, and the arts can educate, inspire activism, and guide community change.

Reserve your free tickets before seats are gone!

This FREE offering is part of the three-day Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival, and is presented in partnership with APIs RISE, a giving circle benefitting the local API community.

Saturday Afternoon Show - 5/27, 1 - 5 PM

Guild Theater, 2828 35th Street, Sacramento, CA 95817

The Immortal Iron Fist  |  Dancing through Life: The Dorothy Toy Story  |  Arnold Knows Me: The Tommy Kono Story  |  Stateless  |  Nước  |  i’m here, too  |  Tailored to Fit  |  The Ride  | Refugee

The Immortal Iron Fist

1:00 PM

BENJAMIN TO / Narrative / USA / 2016 / 18min
(Action, Adventure, Drama)

Synopsis: Sông, a teenage martial artist, seeks to unlock the ancient power of the Iron Fist by protecting her family’s warrior legacy..

Grace Lee is an independent producer & director and writer working in both narrative and non-fiction film. She directed the 2014 Peabody Award-winning documentary American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, which The Hollywood Reporter called ”an entertainingly revealing portrait of the power of a single individual to effect change.” The film premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival where it won its first of six audience awards before its broadcast on the PBS documentary series POV. Her previous documentary The Grace Lee Project won multiple awards, broadcast on the Sundance Channel and was called “ridiculously entertaining” by New York Magazine and “ a funny but complex meditation on identity and cultural expectation,” by Variety. Most recently in 2014 and 2015, she produced and directed two documentaries for PBS: Makers: Women in Politics and Off the Menu: Asian America. She is currently a 2016 Sundance Institute Women’s Initiative fellow.

Dancing through Life: The Dorothy Toy Story

1:20 PM

RICK QUAN / Documentary / USA / 2016 / 27min

Synopsis: 99 year old Dorothy Toy Fong is a living dance legend. During the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s, she teamed up with Paul Wing and would eventually become the most famous Asian American dance duo in this country’s history.

I have worked in local broadcast television news as a reporter/anchor for more than 30 years. During that time I have won two Emmys and been honored by the Associated Press, the Radio TV News Directors Association and many other organizations. I have my own production company and have produced videos for Kristi Yamaguchi’s Always Dream Foundation and the Ronald McDonald House Scholarships program.

Arnold Knows Me: The Tommy Kono Story

1:50 PM

RYAN YAMAMOTO / Documentary / USA / 2016 / 27min

Synopsis: Tommy Kono is most decorated American weightlifter in history. Between 1952 & 1960 he won two Olympic gold medals, an Olympic silver medal. He also won two Mr. Universe and a Mr. World title attracting the attention of Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Ryan Yamamoto brings his versatility as a television journalists to the “Tommy Kono Story” project. He is a 2-Time Emmy Award winning reporter, who has been recognized by the Associated Press, Radio and TV News Association, and Society of Professional Journalists. He is currently Morning Anchor for KOMO News (Seattle), and has worked for KXTV (Sacramento), KSWB (San Diego) and KCRA (Sacramento).


2:20 PM

DUC NGUYEN / Documentary / Philippines & USA / 2013 / 55min

Synopsis: Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Duc H. Nguyen follows the stories of Vietnamese refugees who have been living in a condition of statelessness in the Philippines for 16 years while awaiting a rare opportunity for resettlement in the United States. Many may be familiar with the mass exodus of Vietnamese refugees following the 1975 fall of Saigon, but most do not know that there are still Vietnamese refugees seeking asylum today.

Stateless follows the stories of refugees such as Nguyen Phuc Trong, who has unsuccessfully attempted to escape from Vietnam numerous times since 1975. The great risks that refugees like Phuc Trong take are centered around their anticipation and hope of an opportunity for resettlement. In Manila, lawyer and activist Trinh Hoi and his legal aid center team help the nearly 2,000 Vietnamese “long-stayers” resolve the legal limbo that has rendered them stateless.

Duc Nguyen has worked for over 10 years in the entertainment and television industries in Hollywood. An eager traveler, he has done video documentary work in Vietnam, Cuba, the Andes Mountains and in the Amazon River, South America. In 2001, he produced a short documentary film, Mediated Reality, which examined the tug-of-war between the U.S. and Cuba over 6-year-old Elian Gonzalez. In 2007, he directed and produced Bolinao 52, a documentary about Vietnamese boat people which later won 2 Northern California Regional Emmy Awards in 2009 for Outstanding Achievement in Documentary and Outstanding Music Composition. Stateless is his second feature documentary.


3:15 PM

QUYÊN NGUYEN-LE / Narrative / USA / 2016 / 6min
(Drama, Science Fiction)

Synopsis: Nước (Water/Homeland) is an experimental narrative short film about a queer Vietnamese American teen who attempts to piece together and understand their mom’s experience as a Vietnam War refugee.

Quyên Nguyen-Le is a queer Vietnamese American filmmaker from Los Angeles, California.

i’m here too

3:20 PM

EUNSOO JEONG / Narrative / USA / 2017 / 5min
(Animation, Drama, Silent)

Synopsis: A short stop-motion animation, reflecting a personal story of growing up in an abusive household, where mental condition remained a secret.

Eunsoo Jeong is an artist living in Koreatown, Los Angeles. Born in South-Korea, she immigrated to San Francisco 2001 at age 13. After receiving Bachelor Fine Arts at Animation/ Illustration program at San Jose State University, she headed down to Los Angeles to pursue her career in animation industry. Currently she is focusing on artworks that represent herself and issues that speak to her personally. She welcomes connections on Instagram: @madeinkorea1988, @koreangry

Tailored to Fit

3:40 PM

XIN LI / Documentary / USA / 2016 / 21min

Synopsis: A young immigrant filmmaker discovers a generation gap as she explores her love-hate relationship with China’s iconic Qipao dress.

Xin Li is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles. After studying journalism at the University of Kansas, she went back to Beijing and became a journalist. Xin discovered her passion for documentary filmmaking when she was in college, she has since interned for award-winning documentarians based in London, Beijing and Los Angeles. She left her journalism job in 2014 and decided to pursue a career in filmmaking. At the moment, Xin is an MFA candidate at USC School of Cinematic Arts.

The Ride

3:40 PM

JEFF ADACHI & JIM CHOI / Documentary / USA / 2016 / 15min

Synopsis: The Ride is a short film that takes viewers on a personal and intense ride through the underbelly of the criminal injustice system, seen through the eyes of SF Public Defender Jeff Adachi, who is one of the nation’s few elected public defenders.

Jeff Adachi (Director, Writer and Producer) Jeff Adachi is the writer, co-director and producer of “The Ride.” He has been a social justice advocate and filmmaker, writing and directing two PBS award winning films, “The Slanted Screen: Asian Men in Film & Television” and “You Don’t Know Jack Soo” and the acclaimed short film “Racial Facial,” a short film about the history of racism in the United States.


4:15 PM

SPENCER NAKASAKO / Documentary / USA / 2003 / 63min

Synopsis: Refugee revolves around Michael “Adoe” Siv, a gregarious 24-year-old who moves easily between worlds: the street corner, the college campus, Cambodian and American cultures. He and his mother escaped to the United States during the 1979 Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia, leaving his dad and younger brother behind. The country was still devastated and in chaos from the Vietnam War and the bloody regime of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge.

In his teenage years, Mike flirted with street life in the Tenderloin, where he and his mother settled as refugees. Now enrolled in college, he has decided to return to Cambodia to meet his long-lost father and brother. Accompanied by long-time friends Paul Meas and David Mark, Mike sets off on a journey that takes him to a new Cambodia rising up from the killing fields, and into the blurred entanglements of his family’s past.

Spencer Nakasako has over three decades of experience as an independent filmmaker. He won a National Emmy Award for a.k.a. Don Bonus, the video diary of a Cambodian refugee teenager that aired on the PBS series P.O.V. and screened at the Berlin International Film Festival. Kelly Loves Tony, a video diary about a Iu Mien refugee teenage couple growing up too fast in Oakland, California, also aired on P.O.V. His third film in his trilogy about Southeast Asian youth, Refugee, aired on the PBS series Independent Lens, and garnered major awards at the Hawaii International Film Festival and Hamptons Film Festival. He also wrote the screenplay and co-directed a feature film in Hong Kong, Life is Cheap…but Toilet Paper is Expensive, with Wayne Wang.

Nakasako is the founder of the ground-breaking Media Lab at the Vietnamese Youth Development Center in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District where he collaborated with youth from the neighborhood on filmmaking for seventeen years. Besides consultancies and residencies at Stanford, Harvard, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, USC, UCLA, the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, and the University of Toronto, to name a few, he has lectured in the Social Documentation graduate program at the University of California at Santa Cruz, and is currently a lecturer at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley.

Saturday Evening Show - 5/27, 5:30 - 10 PM

Guild Theater, 2828 35th Street, Sacramento, CA 95817

Why We Rise  |  Basha Man  |  Noodle Deli  |  Home Is Where the Sunsets  |  All Our Father’s Relations |  Vast Minority |  The Chinese Exclusion Act

Why We Rise

5:30 PM

CORINNE MANABAT CUEVA & BRIAN REDONDO / Documentary / USA / 2013 / 13min

Synopsis: Three brave, young New Yorkers reveal what it’s like to grow up without having legal immigration status. Winner of the Loni Ding Award for Social Issue Documentary at CAAMFest 2014 and official selection of the PBS Online Film Festival and BlackStar Film Festival.

Corinne Manabat Cueva is a Filipina independent media maker and educator. She is dedicated to using media as a vehicle for social change and empowerment for those on the periphery of mainstream media. Corinne is currently co-producer of What Happened To Danny, an independent feature about the death of Private Danny Chen. As a media educator, Corinne was an adjunct lecturer at The City College of New York and has worked with organizations such as Tribeca Film Institute, Third World Newsreel, and Global Action Project.

Brian Redondo is a multi-disciplinary creative with a passion for storytelling in its many forms. Not bound to any single medium, his work ranges from documentary film to web design to cultural journalism to dance theater.

He has shot and edited videos for the 2012 Obama campaign, Vox Media (on behalf of brands like Hyatt, Mountain Dew, and Seattle tourism), Popular Mechanics, and Marie Claire, the Diverse Filmmakers Collective, and various NGOs around the world. His short films have also screened at festivals around the country and on In addition to Why We Rise, his second short documentary The Lookout, won a UN OCHA Special Recognition from the Conscious Good Humanitarian Film Festival 2016. Brian is currently working on his next short documentary, Hurrikane, and assisting with post-production on the sports documentary feature Brooklyn Basketball.

Basha Man

5:45 PM

DANIEL CHEIN / Documentary / China / 2016 / 12min

Synopsis: As ecotourism becomes part of his daily life, a local tour guide reflects on the shifting landscape of Basha, a mountain village China’s “Last Tribe of Gunners” calls home.

Daniel Chein is an independent filmmaker based in Berkeley, CA. His latest film BASHA MAN, about how tourism is changing a remote ethnic village in China, won the Student Film Award at CAAMFest2017. As an editor, he has contributed to multiple award winning documentaries (THE CHAIRMAN AND THE LIONS, CHANGA REVISITED). Daniel is an Associate Producer for award-winning production company Walking Iris Media and an MFA candidate in the School of Cinema at San Francisco State University.

Noodle Deli

6:00 PM

DAVID LIU / Documentary / USA / 2016 / 13min

Synopsis: From China to Los Angeles, chef Jeffrey Zhifeng Yang continues one of the world’s most fabled culinary traditions — the art of making noodles.

David Liu is a Los Angeles-based writer/director with an MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. He is a recipient of the CAPE New Writers Fellowship sponsored by NBCUniversal. Most recently, he co-directed a feature adaptation of THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER, executive produced by James Franco and Elysium Bandini.

Home is Where the Sunsets

6:15 PM

KAYLA TONG / Narrative / USA / 2016 / 9min

Synopsis: Alison’s life in L.A. turns upside down when her family comes to visit from Hong Kong for the very first time. Stuffed into her cramped apartment, Alison finds beauty and heartache in the smallest of moments.

Kayla Tong (b. 1993, Hong Kong) is a director and cinematographer based in Los Angeles. Born in colonial Hong Kong, she grew up in between cultures and moved to the U.S. as a teenager. Her films focus on women’s issues, immigration and social justice. She is a graduate of USC School of Cinematic Arts, a cinematography alumna of the 10th Asian Film Academy and a recipient of the 14th Armed With a Camera Fellowship for Emerging Media Artists.

All Our Father’s Relations

6:25 PM

ALEJANDRO YOSHIZAWA / Documentary / Canada & China / 2016 / 56min

Synopsis: Three siblings – whose mother was indigenous – travel to their father’s ancestral village in China for the first time, in order to better understand the challenges their parents faced and how it fractured their lives and relationships.

Alejandro Yoshizawa is a filmmaker from Vancouver, Canada. He was the lead filmmaker and director for the Chinese Canadian Stories web series which was nominated for a Leo Award for Best Web Series in 2013. Alejandro is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia in the Department of Theatre and Film as well as the Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies Program.

Vast Minority

7:15 PM

LONG TRAN / Documentary / USA / 2017 / 12min

Synopsis: A short documentary featuring several Asian-American filmmakers based in the Pacific Northwest. They reflect on their place in the film and television industry that is vastly whitewashed.

Long is an award-winning 19-year-old college student at the University of Washington majoring in Communications. He has had his work featured on NBC news, and has worked on projects with Costco, T-Mobile, Microsoft, and Miss USA. He has had his films screen in Seattle, Los Angeles and New York City. His background is in cinematography and editing, and is currently planning on interning in Los Angeles this summer at a late-night talk show.

The Chinese Exclusion Act

7:30 PM

RIC BURNS & LI-SHIN YUH / Documentary / USA / 2017 / 160min

Synopsis: With The Chinese Exclusion Act, filmmakers Ric Burns and Li-Shin Yu tackle a complicated yet seldom-told story about a significant piece of U.S. history—the only legislation barring an entire group of immigrants based on ethnicity and race. More significant, as highlighted through first-person interviews and archival materials, is the resistance against racism and the resilience of people that shaped the fabric of the United States well into the 21st century.

Co-produced by the Center for Asian American Media, and part of CAAM’s “Who is American?” educational and community outreach campaign—which aims to reach thousands of high school and college students to learn about the Chinese Exclusion Act—the film tells a story of strife, but also of hope and resilience.

Interviews with scholars and experts such as writer and professor Erika Lee, as well as descendants of those who came to the U.S. as “paper sons,” bring this time in history to life. The 60 years of national exclusion, racialized ordinances, and hate crimes, is more important than ever to bear witness to.

— Stephen Gong, Executive Director, CAAM

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Six-time Emmy Award-winning director Ric Burns has been creating historical documentaries for public television for over 20 years. He began his career co-writing and producing the celebrated PBS series “The Civil War” (1990) with his brother Ken and Geoffrey C. Ward, and has since directed over 30 hours of award-winning films.

Li-Shin Yu, a New York-based film editor, has collaborated with Director Ric Burns for the past twenty-three years and co-directed The Chinese Exclusion Act. Their films have garnered multiple awards including Emmys, Peabodys, Writer’s Guild of America, and Dupont-Columbia awards. Yu began her career collaborating with other New York filmmakers including Jim Jarmusch, Spike Lee, Sara Driver and Peter Wang and more recently with documentarians Christine Choy, Bill Moyers, Thomas Lennon and Stanley Nelson.