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JUSTIN CHON / USA 2017 / 94 MINS
Drawn from his own childhood experience, Justin Chon’s sophomore directorial film shines a light on the Korean American experience during the 1992 L.A. Uprising. The film follows two Korean American brothers as they struggle to maintain their family’s shoe repair shop and their unlikely friendship with a young African American girl. Set against brewing tensions in the aftermath of the Rodney King verdict, GOOK highlights the continued relevance of the riots 25 years later.
RANDALL OKITA / CANADA 2016 / 94 MINS
Filmed in partnership with a Toronto high school, THE LOCKPICKER orbits around a teenage thief haunted by memories of loss and violence. Pulled along by the ever-present gravity of trauma, he reckons with his hunger for intimacy. Weaving harsh realism and ethereal scene, Randall Okita explores a furious, adolescent desire for escape. MON MAR 13 | 8:30PM | ALAMO
SAT MAR 11 | 9:00PM | ALAMO
LENORA LEE & TATSU AOKI / USA 2017 / 57 MINS
Dance, memory, music and poetry collide in a visual and aural landscape. Inspired by the life of Bessie M. Lee, LIGHT paints a powerful and intimate portrait of an early 20th century migrant who spent two years in servitude and was vital in grounding New York’s Chinatown community.
Preceded by PAGES (TATSU AOKI & MELODY TAKATA / USA 2016 / 15 MINS)
JOYCE WONG / CANADA 2016 / 80 MINS Strip mall security guard Betty and restaurant bartender Danny strike up a friendship in their unhappy suburban universe in this dark, quirky comedy. When they have an unexpected encounter that goes beyond the friend zone, we see the impact, intentions and emotional baggage each side brings to the table. FRI MAR 10 | 7:20PM | ROXIE
SAT MAR 11 | 7:00PM | GRAY AREA