CAAMfest

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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. Our guest is Rene Yung: artist, designer and director of Chinese Whispers, a research and performance project that uncovers the history of Chinese pioneers in the American West.

 On the March 9th edition of Your Call, we'll examine the history of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime. 

Interview: Producer H.P. Mendoza

Mar 8, 2016
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While musicals about paying rent are at least as old as the musical “Rent”, there’s only one musical ever about living in a town best known for its cemeteries. 

Your Call: Toxic chemicals in cosmetics

Mar 6, 2016

On the March 7th edition of Your Call, we'll have a conversation with filmmakers Erica Jordan and Dianne Griffin, as well as Janet Nudelman from the Breast Cancer Fund. They join us for a conversation on Erica and Dianne's new documentary Painted Nails ​and the cosmetic industry. 

Tonight is opening night at CAAMFest, the country's largest Asian American film festival.  The 11 day event showcases local and international films focusing on Asian food, music, and people. Festival director Masashi Niewano spoke with KALW's Melanie Young about this year's festival highlights.

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What we learn from our families is often very private. It’s knowledge we keep inside of us – and that the world doesn’t always get a chance to see. Filmmaker Mark Decena is hoping to open a window onto that kind of family life with his new film, The War Inside, involving his own childhood home movies. The film is a project of the Center for Asian American Media, CAAM, which is hosting its 31st annual festival this year and launching a new national initiative to collect and preserve Asian American home movies.  KALW's Ben Trefny spoke with Decena about the value of finally bringing these national memories to light, and Decena's personal contribution to the collection.