2023 Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival

Sacramento Asian Pacific Cultural Village

Back Event May 13, 2023 @ 10 am By Jason Jong


This year’s production is Resonance, with themes including music on film, cultural preservation, justice, and solidarity.

Join us for both FILMS and LIVE STAGE PERFORMANCES that celebrate and explore the experiences of Asians, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders!

LOCATION: The Sofia, Home of B Street Theatre 2700 Capitol Ave Sacramento, CA 95816 www.bstreettheatre.org/other/sapff2023

SCHEDULE: SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2023 Show 1 | 10:00 AM CHILDREN OF THE MIST (dir. Hà Lệ Diễm) – Co-presented by My Sister’s House, featuring performances by Huav Teev Ntuv and HYPU Ntxhais Cia Siab Show 2, Part 1 | 1:00 PM Media and Community Connections - Panel Discussion Moderated by Pamela Wu Show 2, Part 2 | 2:00 PM Student Shorts: EBAYC Sacramento and CSUS Asian American Studies Show 3 | 6:00 PM BEHIND THE BHANGRA BOYS (dir. Nance Ackerman) featuring a performance by Davis Bhangra Crew

SUNDAY, MAY 14, 2023 Show 1 | 10:00 AM SONG LANG (dir. Leon Le) featuring a performance by Xang Xừ Líu Show 2 | 1:00 PM WHISPERING SIDEWALKS (dir. Denmei Suzuki) – Co-presented by UC Berkeley Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA), featuring a performance by Harley White Jr. Orchestra Show 3 | 5:00 PM FINDING HER BEAT (dir. Dawn Mikkelson and Keri Pickett) featuring a performance by Sacramento Taiko Dan

PROGRAMMING: CHILDREN OF THE MIST is a story of the resilience and self-determination of young Hmong women in the hilltribe villages of Vietnam; BEHIND THE BHANGRA BOYS features a Canadian bhangra group’s quest to spread joyful activism through dance; and FINDING HER BEAT celebrates the thunderous role of women in North American taiko.

Dramatic features include SONG LANG – a story of an unlikely bond, set against the beautiful tapestry of Vietnamese opera, and WHISPERING SIDEWALKS – a recently digitally restored film featuring the talents of Sacramento-born jazz singer and actress of the 1930’s, Betty Inada.

Short films will showcase new works from local youth of EBAYC Sacramento’s Street Side PROduction program, and film students from CSUS Asian American Studies, and a Saturday panel discussion explores the role of media in uplifting API community affairs, moderated by Pamela Wu.

Emcees include API media personality Shaline DeGuzman and Mrs. Vietnam Sacramento Angie Tran. Select Q&As and panel discussions will be livestreamed by California Music Services and Sean Hidalgo Productions.