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INDEPENDENT LENS
Ovarian Psycos

 

Based in the heart of Los Angeles’ Eastside, and building upon the legacy of the Chicano/Chicana civil rights movement, the irreverently named Ovarian Psycos Cycle Brigade are a ferocious and unapologetic group of young women of color, cycling through the barrios and boulevards of the Eastside, committed to collectively confronting racism and violence, and demanding and creating safe spaces for women.

 

Off the Menu:
Asian America

 

Discover the wealth of stories, traditions and unexpected characters that nourish this nation of immigrants, and go into the kitchens, factories, temples and farms of Asian Pacific America to explore how the bond with food reflects community. Included is a visit to MAʻO Organic Farms in Waianae, Oahu.

 

JAPANESE AMERICAN LIVES
Don’t Lose Yourself / Honor and Sacrifice

 

Don’t Lose Your Soul
This film is a portrait of bassist Mark Izu and drummer Anthony Brown, two founders of the Asian American Jazz Movement. It traces the origin of their partnership forged in the crucible of the ethnic-identity movements of the 70s, the political force of their band United Front, and their seminal tribute to the Japanese internment experience, Big Bands Behind Barbed Wire.

 

Honor & Sacrifice
This film tells the complex story of a Japanese immigrant family ripped apart by WWII. The Matsumoto family included five sons; two who fought for the Americans and three who fought for the Japanese. The eldest, Hiroshi (Roy), became a hero, fighting against the Japanese with Merrill’s Marauders, an American guerrilla unit in Burma.

 

INDEPENDENT LENS
Stray Dog

 

From the director of the Oscar-nominated Winter’s Bone comes this portrait of a motorcycle-riding Vietnam veteran. There’s more to Ronnie “Stray Dog” Hall than meets the eye; behind the tattoos and leather vest is a man dedicated to helping his fellow vets and immigrant family as he comes to terms with his combat experience. experience.

 

Giap’s Last Day at the Ironing Board Factory

 

In 1975, Giap, a pregnant Vietnamese refugee, escapes Saigon in a boat and within weeks is working on an assembly line in Indiana. Decades later, her aspiring filmmaker son documents her final day of work at America’s last ironing board factory.

 

INDEPENDENT LENS
East of Salinas

 

This film is a story about immigration, childhood and circumstance. With little support at home, Salinas, California third grader Jose Ansaldo often turns to his teacher, Oscar Ramos, once a migrant farm kid himself. Oscar helps Jose imagine a future beyond the lettuce fields where his parents work. But Jose was born in Mexico – and he’s on the cusp of understanding the implications of that.

 

POV
Don’t Tell Anyone

 

Meet immigrant activist Angy Rivera, the country’s only advice columnist for undocumented youth. In a community where silence is often seen as necessary for survival, she steps out of the shadows to share her own parallel experiences of being undocumented and sexually abused.

 

A PATH APPEARS
Part 2 of 3

 

Join New York Times reporter Nicholas Kristof, Jennifer Garner, Eva Longoria and Alfre Woodard as they meet activists fighting for women’s rights in West Virginia, Colombia and Haiti.

Hafu

 

This documentary examines the intricacies of mixed-race Japanese and their multicultural experience in modern day Japan. The film follows the lives of five hafus – the Japanese term for people who are half-Japanese – as they explore what it means to be multiracial and multicultural in a nation that once proudly proclaimed itself as the mono-ethnic nation. For some of these hafus, Japan is the only home they know, for some living in Japan is an entirely new experience, and others are caught somewhere between two different worlds.

 

 

 

 

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