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Better Luck Tomorrow

Better Luck Tomorrow
March 7, 2020 - 7:30 pm
In-person: 
director Justin Lin (schedule permitting), activist Kirn Kim.


Fighting For Family  (2019)

Fighting For Family tells the story of a family separated by deportation and incarceration, and their fight for reunification.

Digital, color, 35 min. Director: Lan Nguyen.


Better Luck Tomorrow  (2003)

Voted the #1 best Asian American film of the last 20 years in a recent L.A. Times poll, this Sundance trailblazer called attention to a burgeoning Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) independent cinema and a coterie of filmmakers making work about their lives and experiences as children of immigrants in a land that still saw them as perpetual foreigners. UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television alumnus Justin Lin’s work broke the mold by presenting a less-than-perfect model minority youth combating both racism and their own skewed vision of themselves created by years of stereotypical media representation recycled in Hollywood and mainstream Western popular culture. We revisit this contemporary classic through a restorative justice framework with a panel of UCLA scholars, activists and special guests. 

Print courtesy of the Directors Guild of America Collection at the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

35mm, color, 101 min. Director: Justin Lin. Screenwriter: Ernesto Foronda, Justin Lin, Fabian Marquez. Cast: Parry Shen, Jason Tobin, Sung Kang.