Asian Focus

An American Story: Norman Mineta and His Legacy

Sunday, November 11 at 4:00pm

A first-rate film biography of 10-term congressman Norman Mineta, “An American Story” is also a well-wrought indictment of the woeful treatment of persons of Japanese ancestry by our country. In early 1942, along with tens of thousands of other Japanese Americans... Read more

Ash Is Purest White

Thursday, November 8 at 8:15pm

“Ash Is Purest White” — the latest from Chinese master Zhangke Jia (“A Touch of Sin,” “Still Life”) — tells a story of violent love and betrayal in three sections, with events unfolding in 2001, 2006, and 2017. Set in China’s underworld, the film follows dancer... Read more

Black Memorabilia

Saturday, November 10 at 6:30pm

Black memorabilia continues to exert a problematic appeal, especially the putatively kitschy but undeniably offensive items that indulge in the most egregious kinds of racial stereotyping — what director Chico Colvard (“Family Affair,” SLIFF 2010) describes as “... Read more

Doc Shorts: Animated Lives

Friday, November 2 at 5:00pm
A collection that demonstrates animation isn't just for fiction.

Doc Shorts: Women Around the Globe

Thursday, November 8 at 5:00pm
A program that spotlights women who stand up and help other women.

Goodbye, Grandpa!

Friday, November 2 at 2:45pm
Tuesday, November 6 at 4:15pm

When a paterfamilias dies in Japan, the family members dutifully gather for the funeral and cremation, and so it is in “Goodbye, Grandpa!” As the film’s clan comes together to remember their father and grandfather, the pain is certainly real — it’s etched onto... Read more

The Great Buddha +

Saturday, November 3 at 7:00pm
Wednesday, November 7 at 6:35pm

Pickle works as a night security guard at a bronze statue factory with colleague Belly Bottom. As they while away the hours in the security room, the primary activities of their dull existence consist of consuming late-night snacks, paging through the porn Belly... Read more

Letter from Masanjia

Sunday, November 4 at 1:00pm

When a woman from Oregon finds an SOS note written by a Chinese prisoner stashed in a box of Halloween decorations from Kmart, she never imagined it would eventually lead to the closure of all of China’s labor camps. When her story went viral around the world, the... Read more

Long Day's Journey Into Night

Thursday, November 8 at 9:15pm
Saturday, November 10 at 8:30pm

Luo Hongwu returns to Kaili, the hometown from which he fled 12 years earlier. As memories of an enigmatic and beautiful woman resurface — a woman he loved and has never been able to forget — Luo Hongwu begins his search for her. Past and present, reality and... Read more

Mary and the Witch's Flower

Saturday, November 10 at 11:00am

From Academy Award®-nominated Hiromasa Yonebayashi — animator on Studio Ghibli masterpieces “Spirited Away” and “Ponyo,” and director of “When Marnie Was There” and “The Secret World of Arrietty” — comes a dazzling new adventure about a young girl named Mary, who... Read more

Modest Heroes

Sunday, November 4 at 12:30pm

This banquet of kid-friendly short films from Japan’s Studio Ponoc (“Mary and the Witch’s Flower”) features three works about modest heroes. "Invisible" (Akihiko Yamashita, 13 min.), directed by the lead animator on “Howl’s Moving Castle” and other films by the... Read more

Narrative Shorts: Animation 2

Sunday, November 4 at 9:10pm
An animated sampler with a specific focus on international creations.

Narrative Shorts: Comedy

Monday, November 5 at 7:30pm
Laughter is the universal language in this collection of comedies from around the globe.

Narrative Shorts: Experimental

Tuesday, November 6 at 9:15pm
Take a walk on the wild side in this program of mind-bending shorts.

Rainbow Fields

Saturday, November 3 at 12:05pm
Sunday, November 4 at 2:15pm

In “Rainbow Fields,” a famous film director goes on a soul-searching journey, returning to his native village after hearing the news of a childhood friend’s death. The director must confront the unresolved vestiges of a terrible childhood accident in a bid for... Read more

Shoplifters

Monday, November 5 at 6:45pm

One of Japan’s most lauded contemporary directors, Hirokazu Kore-eda (“Like Father, Like Son,” “After the Storm”) debuted his latest, “Shoplifters,” at Cannes, where it won the festival’s top prize, the Palme d’Or. After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu... Read more

Stroop: Journey Into the Rhino Horn War

Sunday, November 4 at 1:00pm

In “Stroop,” two first-time filmmakers explore the war for rhino horn. Initially setting out on a six-month project, the duo leave their jobs, sell their homes, move in with their mothers, and give up nearly four years of their lives to document not just the... Read more