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US Feature – Documentary | Finding Her Beat

In Minnesota, a Japanese drumming master and Korean adoptee unite an all-female Taiko troupe. Battling COVID’s early threat, they defy tradition to prepare for a historic St. Paul performance. Buoyed by dynamic drum performances and do-or-die spirit, FINDING HER BEAT is an energizing and uplifting story of music, cultural expression and sisterhood.

Dawn Mikkelson & Keri Pickett

Mikkelson is an Emmy Award winning filmmaker and McKnight Filmmaking Fellow, whose work has been broadcast, streamed and screened internationally. Pickett is an award-winning artist, producer, director, cinematographer. Pickett’s documentary films have won multiple awards and have been screened at festivals around the world, as well as, on Netflix
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Presenting Sponsors
Dawn Mikkelson & Jennifer Weir
Jennifer Weir, Megan Chao Smith, Tiffany Tamaribuchi, Chieko Kojima, & Kaoly Asano
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Over 40.
Award Winner
Best Documentary & Audience Award – DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon, Best Documentary – DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival, Audience Award – Deep in the Heart Film Festival, Best Music Documentary – Melbourne Documentary Film Festival, Honorable Mention – Seattle Queer Film Festival, People’s Choice Award & Best MN Film – Frozen River Film Festival, Best MN Film – Minnesota Film Festival.

Festival passes

This year, VAFF 2023 FESTIVAL, screening programs in person and virtual will be organized into various series in order to better highlight the diverse content in our festival. These Series include Spotlight Series, Documentary Features Series, Narrative Features Series, Westcoast Shorts Series, Canadian Shorts Series, International Short Series, Animation Series, VAFF Industry Insight Series and Special Events.

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Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas

88 W Pender St 3rd floor, Vancouver, BC V6B 6N9

Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas

88 W Pender St 3rd floor, Vancouver, BC V6B 6N9