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The Paradise We Are Looking For
Directed by Joseph Mangat, Norbert Shieh, Quyên Nguyen-Le, R.J. Lozada • Documentary • 2019 • 91 minutes
San Diego has been called many things – including a paradise. It’s also a refugee city, a cluster of neighborhoods, a militarized zone, a border town. And Asian American. This collection of four short documentaries maps many such San Diego’s – across ethnicity, geography and history. At the same time, they hold on to some notion of paradise, however illusory: a haven from war, the dreams of an immigrant, precious teenage reminiscences, solace in the afterlife, and spaces for creative expression.