Documentary Films: A Selected List
At the Asian Pacific Resource Center
Rabbit in the Moon
Directed by Emiko Omori
Documentary memoir about the World War II Japanese American internment camps.
Kamehameha Schools 2007 Song Contest
Celebrates Mary Kawena Pukui
Cats of Mirikitani
Directed by Linda Hattendorf
An intimate exploration of the lingering wounds of war and healing powers of friendship and art.
Directed by Robert Nakamura
Recollections, photos, and present-day film footage of the Manzanar War Relocation Center where Japanese-Americans were interned during World War II.
Daniel K. Inouye: An American Story
Directed by Heather H. Giugni
Examines how Senator Inouye, a Japanese American from Hawaii, came to believe in the promises of the United States Constitution and set out to live according to American values.
I.M. Pei - The Museum on the Mountain
Directed by Peter Rosen
This special edition DVD presents the life and work of one of the most inspired and inspiring architects of our time, I.M. Pei.
Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision
Directed by Freida Lee Mock
The Story of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and its inspiring creator.
Directed by Peter Cohn
The film chronicles the ongoing struggles of passengers who were aboard the Golden Venture, an immigrant smuggling ship that ran aground near New York City in 1993.
Wet Sand: Voices From L.A.
Directed by Dai Sil Kim-Gibson
Kim-Gibson's follow-up to "Sa-i-gu" looks into the past and present to question how much has changed in the last ten years following the 1992 L.A. riots.
My America, or, Honk if you Love Buddha
Directed by Rene Tajima-Pena
Filmmaker Tajima-Pedna goes on the road to record the voices and personalities of Asian Americans everywhere from Chinatown, New York to a debutante ball in Anaheim, California.
Searching for Asian America
Produced by Donald Young
Segments from a television series looking at the Asian American experience.
Directed by Justin Lin
A fast-breaking journey into the 70-year old Phenomenon of the Japanese American Basketball Leagues.
Sons of Hawaii
Directed by Eddie Kamae
Hawaiian Legacy Series spanning the 40 years of Hawaii's rich musical tradition.
Directed by Erik Gandini
A documentary on the plight of children born to American soldiers and Vietnamese women during the Vietnam War.
Filipino Americans Discovering Their Past for the Future(VHS)
Directed by John Wehman
The stories of the Filipino Americans, the oldest and one of the largest Asian American ethnics in the U.S.
Voices of Challenge: Hmong Women in Transition
Directed by Candace Lee Egan
Through the stories told by the Laos women, the documentary provides insight into the Southeast Asian refugee experience at the end of the Vietnam War in 1975.
Honor Bound: A Personal Journey(VHS)
Directed by Joan Saffa
The Story of the 100th/442nd Regimental Combat team 50 years later.
An Untold Triumph(VHS)
Directed by Noel Izon
The Story of the 1st and 2nd Filipino Infantry Regiments of the U.S. Army.
Dollar a Day, Ten Cents a Dance
Directed by Mark Schwartz
An historic portrait of Filipino Farm workers in America.
The Art of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar
Directed by Happy Traum
Keola Beamer, a contemporary master of slack key guitar, provides an introduction to the tunings and techniques that create this unique Hawaiian musical form.
Conscience and the Constitution(VHS)
Directed by Frank Abe
Japanese American resistance in World War II.
Going for Broke
Directed by Rolf Forsberg
An historical account of the Japanese-American combat units in World War II, whose decorated men are credited for saving countless lives and shortening the war in the Pacific.
Children of the Long Canoes
Produced by Albert and Trudy Kallis
A look at Hawaiian history through the eyes of artist-historian Herb Kawainui Kane.
Honolulu:One hundred Years in the Making
Written by Robert Pennybacker
A look back at the life of Hawaii's capitol and reflection on the many events, people,
and phenomena that have made this city what it is today.
Unfinished Business: The Japanese-American Internment Cases
Directed by Steven Okazaki
The story of American citizens of Japanese ancestry incarcerated in relocation camps, along with those who refused to go, are told in this Oscar nominated film.
What's Wrong with Frank Chin? A Novel Documentaryy
Documentary about the work and life of Chinese American author Frank Chin and and his role in the changing perception of Asian Americans by Asian Americans.
Holo Mai Pele: The Epic Hula Myth
Explanation and performance of the epic dance drama of Pele and her youngest sister Hiiaka, recounting the travels of their family to their settling on the island of Hawaii.
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