Saturday, May 18, 5:30 p.m. | This diverse collection of short films explores feeling out of place, belonging neither entirely here nor there, and forging ahead in uncertain times. In HONOLULU (dir. Maya Tanaka), flaming lobsters and menstruation woes plague Yuki’s beach vacation. LIVE FROM THE CLOUDS (dir. Mackie Mallison) immerses the viewer in the intimate memories of four women in the director's family. The biggest Chinese restaurant in the USA represents the Wong family’s American Dream come true in KOWLOON! (dirs. Mona Xia, Erin Ramirez). In BIRDSONG (dir. Hrishi Bardhan), a superstitious girl struggles to bury her pet bird in fear of it haunting her. Rabia is forced to make an agonizing choice to save her family as they resettle in America in ON THE MOUNTAIN (dir. Anya Raza). In SINGING IN THE LIFEBOAT (pictured, dir. Grace Wijaya), Jin, in the midst of the pandemic, flees to the tranquil woods of Pennsylvania in search of solace. In SHÉ (SNAKE) (dir. Renee Zhan), pressures mount on a tightly wound violinist in a youth orchestra. And in INVASIVE SPECIES (dir. Annie Ning), Maggie attempts to enter the off-kilter world of an artist's residency.

Asian American Showcase: Presented as an annual collaboration with the Foundation for Asian American Independent Media and now celebrating its 27th year, the Asian American Showcase (AAS) provides a platform for new work by established and emerging Asian American filmmakers. View full program.

The Film Center is ADA accessible. This presentation will be projected without open captions. The theater is hearing-loop equipped. For accessibility requests, please email