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The 24th Annual Asian American Showcase

April 5 - 17

The Gene Siskel Film Center and the Foundation for Asian American Independent Media (FAAIM) present the 24th edition of "Asian American Showcase," April 5 through 17. Enjoy the freewheeling diversity of independent dramas, comedies, and documentaries, including selected screenings with filmmakers in person.

From April 5 through May 30, enjoy the art exhibit "Visible" in our Gallery/Café. The show features nine artists including: Tri Ngo; Jennifer Huang; Cathy Hsiao; Adrian Kay Wong; Dan S. Wang; Ed Oh; Christine Han; Thomas Kong; and Joo Young Lee. Show opening reception at 7:00 pm on Friday, April 5.

For their essential role in making the Asian American Showcase possible, the Gene Siskel Film Center thanks Foundation for Asian American Independent Media (FAAIM) founding members Sooyoung Park, Ben Kim, and William Shin; Festival Director Tim Hugh; programming associates Jonathan Laxamana, Huu Ly, and Lydia Fu; FAAIM’s extended network of volunteers; the Filipino American Network; the Alphawood Foundation; the Illinois Arts Council, A State Agency; and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

--Barbara Scharres


Opening night film! Lynn Chen in person!

Go Back to China

2019, Emily Ting, USA/China, 96 min.
With Anna Akana, Richard Ng


  • Fri, Apr 5th 8:15pm

Kulap Vilaysack in person!

Origin Story

2018, Kulap Vilaysack, USA, 106 min.


  • Sat, Apr 6th 8:00pm

Shorts Program: Asian American Dreams

2018, Various directors, USA, 94 min.


  • Sun, Apr 7th 5:30pm


2019, Tim Tsai, USA, 68 min.


  • Fri, Apr 12th 8:15pm

Alexandra Cuerdo in person!

Ulam: Main Dish

2018, Alexandra Cuerdo, USA, 90 min.


  • Sat, Apr 13th 8:00pm

Adele Pham in person!

Nailed It

2018, Adele Pham, USA, 59 min.


  • Sun, Apr 14th 5:15pm

Closing night film!

Fiction and Other Realities

2019, Bobby Choy and Steve Lee, USA/South Korea, 85 min.
With Bobby Choy, Im Hwa-young


  • Wed, Apr 17th 8:15pm