22nd Annual Asian American Showcase

March 31 - April 12

The Gene Siskel Film Center and the Foundation for Asian American Independent Media (FAAIM) present the 22nd edition of Asian American Showcase. Enjoy the freewheeling diversity of independent dramas and documentaries, including selected screenings with filmmakers in person.

Renowned jazz artist Tatsu Aoki and dancer/choreographer Lenora Lee, co-directors of LIGHT, appear in live performance on April 8 with the Chicago premiere of their film combining avant-garde music, film, and dance. Director Joyce Wong appears with her drama WEXFORD PLAZA on April 6, and documentary filmmaker Robin Lung appears with FINDING KUKAN on April 9.

— Barbara Scharres, Director of Programming

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.

Throughout April in our Gallery/Café, the art exhibit “Fierce Tidings: On Rage and Hope” presents work by contemporary Asian American and Asian Diasporic artists, drawing from their personal experiences of events relating to injustice and trauma. The public is invited to the opening reception on Friday, March 31, from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm.


Opening night film!

The Tiger Hunter

2016, Lena Khan, USA, 94 min. With Dani Pudi, Rizwan Manji.


  • Fri, Mar 31st 8:00pm


Bayang Ina Mo

2017, Ramona S. Diaz, USA/Philippines, 94 min.


  • Sat, Apr 1st 8:00pm

Resistance at Tule Lake

2016, Konrad Aderer, USA, 78 min.


  • Sun, Apr 2nd 5:00pm

Director Joyce Wong in person!

Wexford Plaza

2016, Joyce Wong, Canada, 80 min. With Reid Asselstine, Darrel Gamotin.


  • Thu, Apr 6th 8:15pm

Chicago premiere! Filmmakers in person!


2017, Lenora Lee and Tatsu Aoki, USA, 57 min.


  • Sat, Apr 8th 8:00pm

Finding Kukan

2016, Robin Lung, USA, 75 min.


  • Sun, Apr 9th 5:00pm

Closing night film!


2017, Justin Chon, USA, 94 min. With David So, Justin Chon, Simone Baker.


  • Wed, Apr 12th 8:00pm