IN DIALOGUE: select filmmakers.

Tuesday, May 21, 6:00 p.m. | This program features short films celebrating the rich and complex experiences within the AAPI LGBTQ+ community, exploring themes of love, self-discovery, resilience, and identity across generations and emotional landscapes. In KNOW YOU TWICE (pictured, dir. Andrew Chan Gladstone) Paloma takes radical action to hold on to her love and life after she learns she could be deported. A warrior becomes intimate friends with an octopus-turned-man in AIKĀNE (dirs. Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson, Daniel Sousa). In 默 (TO WRITE FROM MEMORY) (dir. Emory Chao Johnson) opaque memories seep into a quotidian flow despite efforts to move onward. A complex, intimate relationship brews between a young tennis player and the prodigy he looks up to in IT WAS LOVE TO ME (dir. Raza Rizvi). In LET (dir. Alyssa Loh) an isolated law student wrestles with a compulsion toward self-harm. In HERE, HOPEFULLY (dir. Hao Zhou) an aspiring nurse from China strives to build a gender-affirming life in Iowa. And decades of queer activism is lovingly documented in MIA’S MISSION (dir. Jireh Deng). IN DIALOGUE: select filmmakers.

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