Can Asian American mediamakers be empowered to explore the vital issues facing their communities? In what ways does the Asian American community represent America? In 1980, these were some of the essential questions that led to the start of the Center for Asian American Media (originally NAATA, National Asian American Telecommunication Association). 40 years later, these questions continue to be at the core of not only our organization, but also Asian American cinema in general. But how did we get here? In this conversation, we will engage high-profile and veteran documentarians and emerging filmmakers to examine and discuss the artistic and social impact and future of Asian American cinema.