CAAMFest 35: Leonine Films Picks

Celebrating Asian American Film, Music and Food: CAAMFest 35, March 9-19, 2017

The intelligent, capable, and unmarried working women of Mumbai struggle to find decent housing in Bachelor Girls…all the world’s a Center Stage in this riveting collection of shorts (one of many in the festival)…LF favorite Randall Okita returns to CAAMFest with The Lockpicker, a visually-stunning meditation on high school and its traumas…Tearepa Kahi’s documentary on a powerful and iconic Maori performance reminds us of the unifying power of voice and art…Japanese director-writer Koji Fukada’s Harmonium will delight (and terrify) fans old and new…a special presentation of Abacus: Small Enough to Jail is a poignant reminder of the continued repercussions of the 2008 financial crisis…the highly-anticipated Brown Girls presents marvelous and much-needed stories of queer women of color…Relocation, Arkansas, about the Japanese internment camps in that state, is timely in its reminder of the fragility of the state of  immigrant rights…and, Mixed Match revisits race, culture, and science in a thought-provoking way.

First time at the festival? Still not sure what to watch? I advise you to immerse yourself in CAAMFest’s shorts programs, which gives you an intellectually-satisfying taste of everything.

The 35th CAAMFest (formerly the Asian-American Film Festival)  opens 9 March 2017, with screenings in the San Francisco Bay Area. Tickets are available at