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After five years in the foster system, eighteen-year-old Emilie returns to her family home to rebuild a fractured relationship with her mother and younger half-siblings. She wants to heal the trauma that haunts her, and move towards a self-determined future. To do that, Emilie must gather the courage to reveal to her half-siblings the reason their father was imprisoned.

Of the 440,000 kids in foster care in the U.S., more than a quarter is over age 12. Adoption rates for these older kids are abysmally low. What happens when you're “too old” to get adopted? After 20 years in foster care, Noel Anaya was never adopted. He was determined to investigate what went wrong, and finds the answers in his first documentary film.

Continue to facilitate necessary discussions at your school or organization with these award-winning films on the Asian American experience

Following the stories of four politically engaged voters during the 2018 midterm elections, First Vote crafts an insightful look at Asian Americans' diverse experiences at the polls. Speaking with distinct political voices, they share the common goal of seeing Asian Americans take their rightful place in American political life.

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In New York City's Chinatown, an elementary school theater club prepares to stage a production of Frozen Kids. As these Asian American students rehearse for their big musical production, they also contend with cultural stereotypes, family expectations, and post-graduation uncertainties. This film shares a kids-eye view of identity and the heartbreaks that come with growing up.

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Hanif is a Muslim casket maker and ritual body washer in Newark, New Jersey. He mentors two kids— Furquan, a confident 12- year-old who comes from a rough home, and Naz, a 17-year -old who has been fighting through his own struggles as a young black man growing up in Newark. Through faith, brotherhood, and redemption they find their purpose.

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A Peabody award-winning film about activist and philosopher Grace Lee Boggs’ lifelong practice of igniting community dialogue and action. Her contributions to social movements of the last century traversed labor, civil rights, Black Power, feminism, the Asian American and environmental justice movements and beyond.

GOOD DOCS was honored for to host this week's free event for educators on the legacy of artist Tyrus Wong with filmmaker Pamela Tom and University of Houston Professor Karen Fang. Tyrus' story offers remarkable insight to the challenges faced by Chinese Americans in the 20th century and helps audiences contextualize the current moment’s unprecedented visibility for Asian Americans in Hollywood as well as the recent rise in anti-Asian racism and violence.

Screen TYRUS for your school or community with Pamela Tom and Karen Fang!

Bennett Singer Headshot + Poster
Bennett is a filmmaker, author and editor. He was Executive Editor of TIME Magazine’s Education Program and has spoken at The United Nations, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, The British Museum, The Library of Congress, The Schomburg Center, and at dozens of colleges and universities.

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Jacqueline Olive is an independent filmmaker and immersive media producer with more than fifteen years of experience in journalism and film. Her debut feature documentary, ​ALWAYS IN SEASON, premiered in competition at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and was awarded the Special Jury Prize for Moral Urgency.

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Yi is a Soros Equality Fellow and a DC Arts and Humanities Fellow. She has taught workshops at the Film and Video Association National Conference, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Convention, East Coast Asian American Student Union National Conference, DC Historical Studies Conference, National AAPI Leadership Summit, and more.