Kumu Hina


Will you be flying Virgin America Airlines at all this fall? Catch three films in our CAAMFest spotlight, presented by the SkyFest independent film showcase on Virgin America airlines!

“We’re thrilled to partner with SkyFest again to bring some of the biggest titles from CAAMFest 2016 to the skies,” said Masashi Niwano, the Center for Asian American Media’s Festival & Exhibitions Director. “These films showcase the diversity and depth of contemporary Asian American cinema.”

Kumu Hina | Directed by Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson

Amidst the growing influence of Westernization, a transgender hula teacher strives to keep Native Hawaiian culture prosperous. On a subject rarely spoken of in Hawaii, this documentary pushes the struggles of being “in the middle” to the surface.

Mad Tiger | Directed by Jonathan Yi

MAD TIGER chronicles the relationship between two bandmates, Peelander-Yellow and Peelander-Red, of the Japanese performance-art band Peelander-Z. When Red quits, their friendship is tested and both are catapulted into finding greater meaning in their lives through their art and relationship with each other.

Seoul Searching | Directed by Benson Lee

SEOUL SEARCHING chronicles the shenanigans and personal journeys of a group of Korean teens — from around the globe — who are enrolled in a government-sponsored summer program. Set in the 1980s, it’s nostalgia at its best with a dazzling all-star ’80s soundtrack and painfully accurate costumes. Beyond the puffy pink prom dresses and oversized blazers, what shines is the journeys these characters go through: from an adopted daughter reconnecting with her biological mother to a professor haunted by past mistakes.

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