Happy Family Night Market
An annual event that celebrates the Asian diaspora through food, art, and education.

Films

 
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The Film Festival is from 12:00PM — 10:00PM
in the Playhouse Theater

HFNM is committed to discovering and supporting doc, narrative, and hybrid films from an international and intergenerational community of emerging and established filmmakers. Co-presented by The Japan Society, The Prelinger Archives, and the Asian American Feminist Collective. Co-Curated by Co-Founder & Executive Producer Angeline Gragasin and Arianne Alizio.


 

“Alter / Altar”

12:30PM — 2:00PM
Playhouse Theater

A program of award-winning short films exploring different perspectives on tradition and ritual.

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Practice (2017)
by Iyabo Kwayana

How does an individual become a part of a larger group of human beings and learn to move in unison? Filmed near a Shaolin temple in Henan, China. (10min)

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A New Use (2019)
by Monika Uchiyama

An observational doc about a Tokyo family business that has made wax products for decades. (24min)

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Devi (2016)
by Karishma Dev Dube

Set in New Delhi, a closeted lesbian risks family and social boundaries as she pursues her attraction towards the household maid, Devi. (13min)

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In Full Bloom (2019)
by Maegan Houang

A Vietnamese hoarder’s life is upended when worms open a black hole in her house. (11min)

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Absent Wound (2016)
by Maryam Tafakori

The rituals of Persian warrior training in combination with the recitations of a young girl coming to terms with her impending womanhood. (10min)

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East Meets East (2016)
by Julie Zhu

The honest musings of a Chinese grandmother brings an unseen community into the spotlight. (4min)

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Tungrus (2017)
by Rishi Chandna

A middle-class household in Mumbai turns topsy-turvy when its eccentric patriarch brings home a baby chick for his cats to play with. (14min)

 

 

95 and 6 To Go (2016)
by Kimi Takesue

2:30PM — 4:00PM
Playhouse Theater

Co-Presented by the Japan Society
Filmmaker present for Q&A, moderated by Kazu Watanabe

A resilient widower’s memories become intertwined with the fictional screenplay his granddaughter is writing, revealing the fine line between life and art, rumination and imagination.

Filmmaker Kimi Takesue captures the cadence of daily life for Grandpa Tom, a retired postal worker born to Japanese immigrants to Hawai’i in the 1910’s. Amidst the solitude of his home routines - coupon clipping, rigging an improvised barbecue, lighting firecrackers on the New Year - we glimpse an unexpectedly rich inner life. As his granddaughter queries his history of love and loss, a stalled film project becomes a collaborative inquiry into mortality and how one constructs a personal narrative with memories that span almost a century.

Shot over six years in Honolulu, this intimate meditation on absence and family expands the vernacular of the “home movie” to consider how history is accumulated in the everyday and how sparks of humor and creativity can animate an ordinary life. (1 hr 25 min)

 

 

“Remember Me”

4:30PM — 6:00PM
Playhouse Theater


A program of award-winning short films exploring different perspectives on family and memory.

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Diliman (2017)
by TJ Collanto

A Filipino family is caught in a long-winded catering delivery for their niece’s wedding in London, which seems to pull them further and further away from the reception itself. (14min)

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This Perfect Day (2019)
by Lydia Rui

Jules, a wayward youth, walks into a music store. This could be the day that changes their life. (7min)

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Disintegration 93-96 (2017)
by Miko Revereza

An essay film about the Filipino American undocumented experience, retracing connections between 90s home movie nostalgia, post-colonial identity, and the disintegration of family. (6min)

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All Men Are Flowers (2015)
by SJ Kim-Ryu

While Kara mourns her grandfather's recent death in her family's homeland, she receives an ancestral message and steps into her burgeoning womanhood. (17min)

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奶奶 Nai Nai (2018)
by Wyatt Wu

An intimate portrait of the filmmaker’s grandmother and her struggle with dementia. (20min)

 

 

Ask The Sexpert (2017)
by Vaishali Sinha

6:30PM — 8:00PM
Playhouse Theater

Co-Presented by the Asian American Feminist Collective
Filmmaker present for Q&A, moderated by Senti Sojwal

Ask the Sexpert is a feature length documentary about Dr. Mahinder Watsa, a highly popular 93-year-old sex advice columnist for a daily newspaper in Mumbai. Despite sex being a taboo topic in India, the column’s brand of non-moralistic advice and humor has emboldened many to write in with their questions. The columnist gains popularity even while a ban on comprehensive sex education in schools is adopted by approximately a third of India’s states. (1 hr 23 min)

 

 

“Home Again”

8:30PM — 10:00PM
Playhouse Theater

A program of award-winning short films exploring different perspectives on environment and identity. Featuring a new restoration of Anita Chang’s “100 Eggs A Minute” courtesy of the Prelinger Archives.

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First Generation (2017)
by Jeannie Nguyen

A young girl growing up in the 90s must decide how to fit into two worlds. (9min)

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The Filipino Picture Show (2018)
by Shalemar Coloma

An homage to Filipino culture featuring karaoke, an origin myth, and 2 girls in love. (7min)

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Commodity City (2017)
by Jessica Kingdon

A short observational documentary about the largest consumer market in the world that explores what is for sale and the humans who sell them. (10min)

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100 Eggs A Minute (1996)
by Anita Chang

An experimental documentary portrait of a second-generation Chinese American woman, who grew up working in her family's fortune cookie factory in San Francisco from ages 5 to 23. “Through May’s own wit, humor and creative genius, she transformed her family’s fortune cookie-making – at least in memory – into folk art. (24min)

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Little Pyongyang (2018)
by Roxy Rezvany

A North Korean’s struggle to leave behind the homeland. (24min)

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Les Lèvres Gercées (2018)
by Kelsi Phung

In a kitchen, a mother and a child struggle to establish dialogue. (5min) 

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Doubt Your Doubts (2019)
by Ginny Huo

On the allure of self-help guidance structures that promise self-improvement, happiness, and peace. Who is really in control? (4min)