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The Paradise We Are Looking For presented by Pacific Arts Movement

Helmed by four award winning cinematic voices, these four short docs from THE PARADISE WE ARE LOOKING FOR map multiple San Diego’s — all distinctly Asian American. A 2008 University City plane crash that casts a somber shadow over a military city. City Heights mortuary workers who help refugee families grieve. The electric immigrant space of a karaoke-restaurant in National City. And interviews at a South Bay 20th high school reunion that reveal that memories are not always reliable.

Pacific Arts Movement (Pac Arts) is one of the largest media arts organizations in North America that focuses on Asian American and Asian international cinema. For more information about Pac Arts and the San Diego Asian Film Festival, please visit

BIDYOKE is a rousing portrait of a beloved Filipino karaoke-restaurant in National City, California, that has since closed its doors. We join a spirited assortment of patrons and DJs in this electric immigrant space, reminiscing through classic ballads deep into the night.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    27 minutes
  • Language
    Tagalog, English
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Joseph Mangat
  • Producer
    Brian Hu, Kent Lee, James Qiu
  • Cinematographer
    Norbert Shieh
  • Editor
    Joseph Mangat