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American Made

by Sharat Raju and Marcus Cano

American Made confronts issues of tradition, faith, conformity and sacrifice when a Sikh American family is stranded in the desert on their way to the Grand Canyon.

Independent Lens

Be Good, My Children

by Christine Chang

A Korean American family's pursuit of the American dream is tested by its hard-working, religious mother and her two "employment-challenged" grown children.

Colorvision

by Marc Johnson

A multicultural series showcasing the best short films and videos illustrating cultural diversity.

Cosmopolitan

by Jason Orans

Starring Carol Kane and Roshan Seth, this romantic comedy tells the story of an East Indian immigrant who turns to pop culture as he tries to reinvent his life and woo the girl next door.

Independent Lens

Digital Antiquities

by J.P. Chan

In 2036, all digital media is permanently stored in “the cloud.” Data recovery store employee Cat, and Kai — a young man with an old compact disc — discover a secret that will unite them forever.

FUTURESTATES

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Fishbowl

by Kayo Hatta, Linda Barry, and Eleanor Nakama-Mitsungaga

Adapted from Lois-Ann Yamanaka’s Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers, this dramatic short follows 13-year-old Lovey of Hilo, Hawaii, as she tries to be anything but herself.

Independent Lens

My Niagara

by Helen Lee

A third-generation Japanese American woman and a recent Korean immigrant find romance, conflict, and solace in each other.

Portraits from the Cloth

by Alberto Justiniano, Xiong Vang, and Roger Schmitz

A Hmong immigrant completes a tapestry telling of her family's dangerous escape from Laos and celebrating survival in a new land.

Sentenced Home

by Nicole Newnham and David Grabias

Raised as Americans in inner-city projects near Seattle, three young Cambodian men are deported back to Cambodia, caught between a tragic past and an uncertain future by a system that doesn't offer any second chances.

Independent Lens, Global Voices

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Short Stack 2006 with "My Life ... Disoriented"

by Eric Byler, Claire Yorita Lee, Di Quon, Liza Suh, Jasmin Gordon, Mai Heiselmann, and Mike Blum

Four films — including the two grand prize-winners of the first Independent Lens Online Shorts Festival — explore questions of love, displacement, belonging, and identity. Short Stack 2006 looks at the rise and fall of a boy's first zit, uprooted sisters taking on a new school, revelations about a mourned father, and country-western romance, Japanese style.

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