SAN MATEO — College of San Mateo’s Ethnic Studies Department presents the seventh annual Asian Pacific American Film Festival on Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30.

The lineup is as follows:

April 29, 6:30 p.m.

be robin“#BeRobin the Movie”
by Kurt Weitzmann. After the death of her friend Robin Williams, comedian Margaret Cho took to the streets with the mantra “Don’t grieve Robin, be Robin.” She started on a corner with a bag of socks and a guitar case, which turned into an amazing humanitarian street theater experience.

Q&A with filmmaker and panel. Live performance by Ukulenny (aka Lendl San Jose).

The Friday evening program is a partnership with the Psychology/Philosophy Film Night.

April 30, 1 p.m.

“South American Cho-Low” by Phuong-Cac Nguyen. This short documentary is about East Los Angeles lowrider culture and how cholo style finds its way to Brazil.

“Korla” by John Turner and Eric Christensen, a documentary about a TV pioneer, a spiritual seeker, and the godfather of exotica music, organist Korla Pandit, who successfully passed as an Indian from New Delhi, when in fact he was the son of an African American minister from Columbia, Mo.

Q&A with filmmakers. Live performance by The Autonomous Region.

right of passage poster

April 30, 7 p.m.

“Chinatown Two-Step” by Eddie Wong. An Asian American film classic that looks at a Chinese American marching band from L.A.’s Chinatown.

“Right of Passage” by Janice D. Tanaka, which tells the history of the Japanese American redress movement.

Q&A with filmmakers. Live performance by Charlie Chin.

Admission for Friday’s program is free; $10 suggested donation for Saturday’s programs. Admission for students with ID and San Mateo County Community College District employees is free. Tickets are only available at the door.

Screenings are at the CSM Theatre. Parking is free in Beethoven Lot 3.

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