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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

Julie is a second-generation Vietnamese American funeral director working in City Heights, San Diego. She is used to managing funerals, but after the unexpected passing of her own father, Julie seeks help from a San Diego legend who has managed funerals (and taxes) for Southeast Asian families since the 1980s.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    19 minutes
  • Language
    English, Vietnamese
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Quyên Nguyen-Le
  • Co-Producer
    Brian Hu, Benjamin To
  • Cast
    Julie Tran, Đồ Thái Uyên
  • Cinematographer
    Kayla Tong
  • Editor
    Quyên Nguyen-Le
  • Sound Design
    Lien Bao Do