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Poi Dog Lessons

2020  |  2 mins  |  English

Disturbed by the racism against Asian Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic, Honolulu Theatre for Youth company actor Maki‘ilei Ishihara taps into her mixed Asian Pacific heritage to co-produce an animated video poem titled “Poi Dog,” which celebrates cultural identity and underscores the need to take care of one another.

This micro-documentary was created for the Asian American Documentary Network's series "Asian Americans in the Time of the Coronavirus" to document the lives of Asian Americans during the pandemic.       



Produced with the support of the Asian American
Documentary Network.

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Below is a list of known screenings of the film. If you know of other screenings, please let us know so we can add them here.

The WORLD Channel, U.S. public television broadcast slated for Summer 2022

Asian Pacific Virtual Showcase, Online, 2021
Seattle Asian American International Film Festival, 2021

Colorado Dragon Boat Film Festival, 2021
Hawai‘i International Film Festival,

Consortium of Asian American Theatre Artists, 2020

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