On May 1, HBO Max is launching a spotlight page in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month and beyond where viewers can find a curated collection of focused entertainment.
The page, called “See Us: AAPI and Our Global Community,” will offer programming featuring Asian Americans and people of Pacfic Islander heritage. This includes such films and series as Mortal Kombat, Crazy Rich Asians, Life of Pi and Warrior as well as documentaries such as Ravi Patel’s Pursuit of Happiness, Chasing Life with Sanjay Gupta and Tiger; reality series such as House of Ho; animated titles such as Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!, Weathering With You and Earwig and the Witch, and other original programming that honors the contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in entertainment.
Films born out of HBO’s Asian Pacific American Visionaries (APAV) Short Film Competition also will be featured on the spotlight page, including 2020’s winning films Lonely Night directed by Johnson Cheng, Fine China directed by Tiffany So and Si directed by Thomas Kim.
Established in 2016, HBO Visionaries provides a platform for emerging filmmakers to share their unique and diverse perspectives of the community. Now in its fifth year, APAV serves to showcase cinematic storytellers of Asian and Pacific Islander descent, awarding the top-three winners with cash prizes and the opportunity to have their projects premiere on HBO and available to stream on HBO Max.
Also as part of the HBO Max Guest Curator Program, Jamie Chung, who starred as Ji-Ah in HBO’s Lovecraft Country, curated a playlist of her favorite films and series. Her recommendations include titles such as The High Note (directed by Nisha Ganatra), Made for Love, Unscripted, How to Make it in America and Lovecraft Country.