Top 5 Films Highlighting the Asian American Experience

Throughout the month of April, UIC guided students, faculty, and staff on a path to understanding the diverse cultures and traditions of Asian Pacific Islander Desi Americans. UIC Business is contributing to those efforts by providing you with a comprehensive list of films that detail the Asian American experience as well.

In the Family (2011)

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV

In a heartfelt story woven around child custody, two-Dad families, loss, interracial relations, the American South, and the human side of the law, the nature of what it means to be a family is explored with ambitious and rewarding nuance.

 

In Between Days (2006)

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video

A Korean immigrant falls in love with her best friend while navigating her way through the challenges of living in a new country.

 

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs (2014)

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video

Grace Lee Boggs is a 99-year-old Chinese American whose vision of revolution will surprise you. An activist and philosopher, she has devoted her life to an evolving revolution that encompasses America’s past and its potentially radical future.

 

Advantageous (2015)

Where to Watch: Netflix

In the future, a single Asian mom sells artificial youth. But then is fired from her job because she is too old. To keep making money, she undergoes a procedure that makes her younger and more ethnically ambiguous.

 

Asian Americans (2020)

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video, PBS

Asian Americans is a five-hour film series that delivers a bold, fresh perspective on a history that matters today, more than ever. As America becomes more diverse, and more divided while facing unimaginable challenges, how do we move forward together? Told through intimate personal stories, the series will cast a new lens on U.S. history and the ongoing role that Asian Americans have played.