13th Annual Asian American Film Festival

APRIL 19-22, 2018 (Thursday through Sunday)

Bijou Art Cinemas, Broadway Metro, and University of Oregon

DisOrient is the premiere Asian American, social justice film festival of Oregon. Our films–“By us, for us and about us”–break open the one-dimensional stereotype of the “Oriental.” We believe in the power of film to inform, heal and connect people. We bring power to our voice as we share our stories and advocate for social justice.

Opening Night Gala on Thursday April 19, 2018 at UO Jordan Schnitzer Art Museum

Come celebrate our Opening Night at JSMA! Free with a ticket to The Jade Pendant. Food, introduction of filmmakers and Special Guest: Vishavjit Singh—Sikh Captain America (Drawn Together: Comics, Diversity and Stereotypes).
Enjoy entertainment by poet Alex Dang and singer/songwriter Chin Yi Chen, acoustic guitar.

Opening Film: The Jade Pendant

Feature Narrative, Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 6:30 pm
Bijou Art Cinema

A love story, set against the historical lynching of 18 Chinese immigrants in Los Angeles in 1871, directed by Hong Kong veteran Po-Chih Leong and written by L.P. Leong. Read more.

Pre-Opening Film: The Chinese Exclusion Act

Feature Documentary, Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 6:00 pm
Bijou Art Cinema

The Chinese Exclusion Act, enacted in 1882, is the only federal legislation in U.S. history barring an entire group of immigrants based on ethnicity and race. Read more.

Centerpiece Film: Who Is Arthur Chu?

Feature Documentary, Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 7:05 pm
UO EMU Redwood Auditorium

Arthur Chu hacked Jeopardy! and won big. Read more.

Panel Discussion: Asian Americans in Film and Media

Friday, April 20, 2018 at 3:30 pm
Lane Community College Mary Spilde Downtown Campus – FREE
Join us for a panel/audience discussion that looks at casting, auditions, roles and writing from an Asian American filmmaking experience, moderated by OSU Ethnic Studies Professor Patricia Sakurai. Read more.


Closing Film: Find Me

Feature Narrative, Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 7:35 pm
UO EMU Redwood Auditorium

We close our festival with this feature narrative that pays homage to our National Parks; how these places can heal, nurture and inspire us. Read more.

Purchase Your VIP Pass Now

$65 Early Bird VIP PASS (presale)
$75 after March 31st, 2018
Very limited availability.

Architecture of Internment: the Build Up to Wartime Incarceration

April 16-23, 2018
UO Straub Hall

Visit the exhibit Architecture of Internment: the Build Up to Wartime Incarceration
This traveling exhibit explores how Oregonians participated in the decision to incarcerate Japanese Americans and Japanese immigrants during World War II. This is not primarily about the Japanese American experience before, during or after incarceration. Rather, it is the story of how individuals, organizations, businesses and elected officials advocated for the incarceration of Oregonians of Japanese ancestry or stood by while it happened. Those who did stand up before, during and after incarceration, in small and large acts, were especially brave.