Curated by Angeline Gragasin & Farihah Zaman
A film series that explores Asian and Asian American identity expressed through food. Gragasin is a writer, filmmaker, researcher and recent alumnus of NEW INC, New Museum’s incubator for artists and creative entrepreneurs. Zaman is a filmmaker, critic, and programmer and currently the Production Manager for Field of Vision. Collectively, Gragasin and Zaman write for Screen Slate, Reverse Shot, Film Comment, and the A.V. Club.
THE SEARCH FOR GENERAL TSO
2014 75min video
Who was General Tso, and why are we eating his chicken?
HUNGRY AF (ASIAN FAMILIES)
From a Pancit (Filipino Spaghetti) Western take on sisterly revenge to the real life tale of a young girl in India whose tiny garden is the key to her future, the families in this shorts program are drawn together and propelled forward by growing, making, and of course eating, food.
2014 13min 16mm
Philippines / Malaysia
Tuding arrives at a distant town to track down the man who got her sister pregnant.
AFTER MY GARDEN GROWS
2014 10min video
Monika grows food to feed her family, and the seeds of her own independence.
MUSIC IS MAGIC
A film about sisterhood, music, and teenage lust using family archival footage.
A SON’S SACRIFICE
A young American Muslim struggles to take over his father's halal slaughterhouse.
OFF THE MENU
What exactly does food reflect about Asian Pacific Americans? Off The Menu: Asian America grapples with how family, tradition, faith, and geography shape our relationship to food. The program takes audiences on a journey from Texas to New York and from Wisconsin to Hawaii using our obsession with food as a launching point to delve into a wealth of stories, traditions, and unexpected characters that help nourish this nation of immigrants. Off The Menu is a roadtrip into the kitchens, factories, temples and farms of Asian Pacific America that explores how our relationship to food reflects our evolving community.
The feature documentary is a one-hour PBS primetime special co-produced by the Center for Asian American Media and KQED, with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI
2011 81min video
Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures
A documentary on 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his renowned Tokyo restaurant, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu.
*SECRET SHORT FILM*
Jiro Dreams of Sushi plays with an animated short about a Chinese manicurist in Miami who attempts to describe feelings for which she doesn't have the words.
SAY IT WITH RICES
Food truly is the way to the heart in this program of four short films about love—from an animated dance between three joyous mochi, to the decades-long marriage of a Chinese farming couple in New Zealand.
A playful and gravity-defying stop-motion animation featuring a cast of characters made of mochi.
2017 20min 16mm
A young woman comes home to Taiwan, to say goodbye to her father before he goes to prison.
2014 16min video
Geeky Pavan takes his 'English Rose' on a date to the most authentic Indian restaurant in the city.
HOW MR & MRS GOCK SAVED THE KUMARA
2016 4min video
New Zealand gave two young Chinese refugees citizenship in the 1940’s, who later found an unlikely way to return the gift – by saving the almighty kumara.
EAT DRINK MAN WOMAN
1994 124min 35mm
Courtesy of MGM / Park Circus
A wacky, mouth-watering, and richly layered look at the complex interactions between a widowed chef and his three unmarried daughters.