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Canceled: Bad Rap + shorts

Bad Rap
March 14, 2020 - 2:00 pm

A message for our patrons:

While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the UCLA campus at this time, the university has recommended that we suspend events drawing more than 100 people. With this in mind, and considering the health and well-being of our entire community, the UCLA Film & Television Archive is canceling upcoming events at the Billy Wilder Theater. Learn more

Master of the Sky  (2015)

With his epic mythological storytelling, distinct mixed Japanese American aesthetic, and unique blend of live action tabletop puppetry and CGI animation, Sam Koji Hale leads a new generation of puppeteers.

Digital, color, 10 min. Director: Sumiko Braun.


Step In: Asian American Urban Dance Communities  (2019)

Step into Asian American college dance group communities.

Digital, color, 6 min. Director: Jeana Cho, Jasmin Han, Jenny Tan.

Across the Yumiverse  (2017)

Yumi Sakugawa is a multimedia artist and spiritualist based in Los Angeles, California. This film explores her process of creativity and sources of inspiration.

Digital, color, 7 min. Director: Kady Le.


Queering Movements  (2019)

Spun finds a space to honor their queer bodies through dance.

Digital, color, 6 min. Director: Ceci Sheng, Rino Kodama, Yen Dinh.


Cultural Collage  (2018)

As a painter who is Samoan and white, Tali not only illustrates identity and culture in her paintings, but also weaves the importance of culture into her children's lives. 

Digital, color, 6 min. Director: Inoke Hafoka.

Roots and Shoots  (2017)

The Khmer Arts Academy carries on Cambodian cultural dance and artistic traditions.

Digital, color, 3 min. Director: Daniel Luu, Leann Pham.

Mother Tongue / Tieng me de  (2019)

Yen and their immigrant parents use the Vietnamese language and V-Pop music to preserve their ethnic identities despite intergenerational differences.

Digital, color, 8 min. Director: Yen Dinh.

Bad Rap  (2016)

What many Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) get when we talk about them and music. Beyond the ubiquitous phenomenon of K-Pop and its infiltration into Western popular culture, we don’t typically see many Asian faces nor hear Asian voices represented in the Western music industries. UCLA undergraduate alumna and NYC-based broadcast journalist-turned-filmmaker Salima Koroma’s documentary fills in the gaps by peering into the rich lives and musings of AAPI hip-hop artists and musicians Awkwafina (before she became one of our current, most sought-out American indie actresses), Dumbfounded, Lyricks, and Rekstizzy, who all drop knowledge and share their respective artistic journeys against all odds. 

DCP, color, 82 min. Director/screenwriter: Salima Koroma. Cast: Awkwafina, Jonathan Park (Dumbfounded), Rekstizzy.