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March 9-19, 2017

San Francisco and Oakland, USA

 What’s It All About?

Formerly known as the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, CAAMFest is recognised as the USA’s largest showcase for new Asian American and Asian films, annually presenting around 130 works in San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland and San Jose. The festival has been an important launching point for Asian-American independent filmmakers as well as a vital source for new Asian cinema. In 2016, the festival welcomed over 27,000 participants, including over 250 filmmakers, artistes, musicians, culinary creatives and industry professionals from around the world.

Watch Out For!

Opening Film

The Tiger Hunter

Sami Malek’s father is a tiger hunter. With the same fearless blood running through him, Sami decides to leave his small village in India to chase the American Dream. But once he arrives in the United States, he realises that this will be his grandest adventure yet. The film is directed by Lena Khan and features Danny Pudi, Rizwan Manji, Jon Heder and Karen David.

Indian Connect

Bachelor Girls

Single, independent women in the cosmopolitan city of Mumbai are given the cold shoulder when they try to find decent housing. Because of their ‘unmarried’ status, these bachelor girls are portrayed as a nuisance to their building and neighbours. This insightful documentary explores the values of Indian society and how they affect women in the modern age. The film is directed by Shikha Makan.

Escaping Agra

Nineteen-year old transgender college student, Naveen Bhat chronicles the experience of being illegally detained by his parents in Agra, India, after his true sexuality and identity is revealed. With the support of his partner Madi, Madi’s family and the Indian LGBT activist group who helped saved him, Naveen gives viewers a firsthand account of the challenges he faced in his quest to live a life he could truly call his own. The film is directed by Pallavi Somusetty.

Gala Presentations

The Chinese Exclusion Act

The Tiger Hunter

Who Is Arthur Chu?

Window Horses: The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming


According To My Mother

And So We Put Goldfish In The Pool

Asians In America: In Three Parts

At Night, The Ocean…


Basha Man

Best Buds

The Book of Living And Dying

Bruce Takes Dragon Town

Call Taxi

Cowboy and Indian

Death in a Day

Drugs for Unicorns

Escaping Agra

Caregiving: Circle of Love

The Last Tip

The Lookout

Our Time

Paint Your Life Away

Queen of Earth

Cinema Asia


Bachelor Girls


Guangzhou Dream Factory

Hang In There, Kids!

The Moment

My Next Step

Plastic China

The Tenor

Singing in Graveyards


95 And 6 To Go

AKA Seoul

Finding Kukan

Mixed Match

Random Acts of Legacy

Re: Orientations

Closing Night Film

The Chinese Exclusion Act

With The Chinese Exclusion Act, filmmakers Ric Burns and Li-Shin Yu tackle a complicated yet undertold story about a significant piece of US history — the only legislation barring an entire group of immigrants based on ethnicity and race. More significant, as highlighted through first-person interviews and archival materials, is the resistance against racism and the resilience of people that shaped the fabric of the United States well into the 21st century.


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