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Ritual, Memory, and Place

  • 120 mins

The food we eat, the spaces we share, and the stories we tell hold essential rituals communities need to preserve and celebrate culture, history, and identity. When inequality is built into every part of our urban environments, what are the rituals we need to create and protect to combat erasure? How can we uplift each other’s existence in spaces trying to push us out? These short films look at different ways people hold onto the sacred things that connect us to each other.

Join us at the 9th Street Independent Film Center’s Screening Room. Masks are no longer required, but are welcomed and appreciated. 

Curation by Abigail Pañares 


Paula Smith Arrigoni (Moderator), Executive Director, BAVC

Emma Marie ChiangEmma Marie Chiang, Filmmaker

Daniel DíazDaniel Díaz, Filmmaker

Lex LeifheitLex Leifheit, Nonprofit Sector Lead, San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development

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Accessibility Information: The 9th Street Independent Film Center is wheelchair accessible. For questions regarding accessibility information, email

In this program

The Dishwasher

Directed by Nick Hartanto and Sam Roden

A chef at a fine dining restaurant in New York City asks a Mexican dishwasher to find good tortillas.


Directed by Daniel Díaz

ÉLEFAN explores the relationship between space and identity among London’s Latin American community in the years leading up to the demolition of Elephant & Castle shopping centre.

Saving The Far East Cafe

Directed by Directed by Emma Marie Chiang and Martin Peter Bustamante

Challenged by a surplus of changes through the years: encroaching gentrification, labor issues, generational shifts in taste & culture, and the impact of Covid-19, the 100+ year old historic Far East Cafe fights to remain open as a central space of community engagement and belonging.


Directed by Chris Nguyen

TRAILS is a personal and non-linear portrait of Orange County’s Little Saigon.

Broke Down Drone

Directed by Marquis Simmons

Life in the mud

Dates & Times