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Block 3: Documentaries

This block will showcase documentaries produced by or starring Asian American talent. 
Films include the following: 
Letter to My Children directed by Joseph Juhn
Taobao directed by Noah Sheldon
Race: The Al Young Story directed by Rick Quan
The Flip Side directed by Val Wang
Through Chinatown's Eyes: April 1968 directed by Penny Lee

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Letter to My Children directed by Joseph Juhn. Running time: 13 minutes

It's the year 1905. Lured by a newspaper announcement, 1,033 Koreans endure an arduous voyage across the Pacific Ocean in search of a better life in Mexico. Among them are the 2-year old Lim Cheon Taek and his mother.


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Taobao directed by Noah Sheldon. Running time: 5 minutes

Pin'er is a model on China's largest online shopping site, Taobao. With a never-ending pile of clothes to shoot, Pin'er has developed a unique way of getting through her workload.


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Race: The Al Young Story directed by Rick Quan. Running time: 21 minutes

As the first Asian American world champion drag racer, Al Young has broken many stereotypes. But before he could find success on the racetrack, he had to overcome a learning disability. Find out how he not only did that but used his disability to become a world champion.


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The Flip Side directed by Val Wang. Running time: 25 minutes

THE FLIP SIDE presents the increasingly globalized circus world, where disparate people and acrobatic cultures come together, clash, and ultimately transform each other. We meet Daqi, a Chinese circus artist who leaves home at age 9 to train at an elite state-run circus academy.


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Through Chinatown's Eyes: April 1968 directed by Penny Lee. Running time: 25 minutes

The civil disturbances and street violence after the assassination of Civil Rights Leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr had a profound impact on all of DC. It had no less an impact on DC Chinatown, which found itself caught between the black and white struggle. Here's a look at how the Chinatown community viewed that iconic moment of history.

Earlier Event: May 12
Block 2: The Deadly Sins
Later Event: May 12
Block 4 Feature: Finding Kukan