Asian Focus

Sponsored by East Asian Languages and Cultures at Washington University

Directed by Iman Zawahry

Welcome to America: Where dreams come true … ish. A provocative spin on the traditional romantic comedy, “…

Directed by Andy Cohen & Gaylen Ross

“Beijing Spring” tells a story about underground filmmaking, radical art, and censorship that’s…

Directed by Ann Hu

How far would a mother go to change her child’s fate? When Lan (Zhu Zhu, “Cloud Atlas”) learns that her 9-…

A program that captures the wisdom, the humor, and the pain that comes with age.
Glimpses of labor in its many forms and the sense of catharsis it can bring.
Children are the future, and their present experiences captured in these shorts demonstrate what that future…
Directed by Wang Lina

With lush imagery and touching naturalistic performances, “A First Farewell” finds poetry in the minutiae…

Directed by Hong Sangsoo

With “In Front of Your Face,” prolific South Korean auteur Hong Sangsoo suggests that perhaps the most…

Directed by Hong Sangsoo

For his 25th feature as director and his first as cinematographer, Hong Sangsoo offers a simple tale — in…

Directed by Han Wanfeng

“The Lonely Man” tells the story of frontline gas-station employee Wang Chongqing, who has been working…

Directed by Peggy Callahan & Louie Psihoyos

“Mission: Joy” — co-directed by Oscar winner Louie Psihoyos (“The Cove”) and Peggy Callahan — provides…

These animated stories offer insight into rural life, religion, war, and mortality.
This animated sampler has an international focus.
A third helping of animated shorts.
A sampler of films with diverse subjects, including the pandemic, divorce, and puppetry, but similar themes.
Stories from around the globe, including the Netherlands, Romania, and China, both demonstrate our common…
Explorations of both body and mind that are only possible through experimental film.
A collection of shorts designed to frighten and disturb.
Science-fiction shorts that explore the timely and the timeless.
Directed by Zhang Yimou

Set near the end of the society-convulsing Cultural Revolution, “One Second” follows a nameless…

Directed by Jianhua Yang

A film of quiet beauty and honor, “Promise Through Lifetime” celebrates the heroic efforts of the teachers…

Directed by Abraham Lim

SLIFF viewers with long memories will recall Abraham Lim’s first work as a director, “Roads and Bridges,”…

Stories of kindness and bravery highlight this collection aimed at 4- to 8-year-olds.
Perfect for 9- to 12-year-olds, this collection features both discoveries from the past and explorations of…
Directed by Leon Lee

Based on true events, “Unsilenced” follows Wang, a Chinese…

Directed by Ryûsuke Hamaguchi

Spin the “Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy” and discover an unexpected love triangle, a failed seduction, and…

Directed by Dandren Wanggyal

Based on famed writer A Lai's novel "Dog Boy Gera" and produced by well-regarded screenwriter Lu Wei (“…

Directed by Hong Sangsoo

The 24th feature from Hong Sangsoo, “The Woman Who Ran” follows Gamhee (Kim Minhee), who has three…