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Seattle, WA
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Wed May 16: 7.00pm

Alvin Tsang
1h 26m

Filmmaker in attendance! Discussion to follow screening.

In this deeply personal award-winning film that gives an insider view on the contemporary Asian American immigrant experience, divorce and family psychology, and the personal filmmaking process, filmmaker Alvin Tsang reflects on his familys migration from Hong Kong to Los Angeles in the early 1980s  fraught with betrayal from his parents divorce, economic strife and communication meltdown between parents and children. This poetic exploration of 17 unresolved years moves moodily across different channels and modes, bending into labor histories and Hong Kongs colonial trajectories. Tsang turns the camera on his own family, cautiously prodding for answers, but fully acknowledging that the only closure he can get will be from deciding for himself how to move on.

As the greatest mass migration since World War II sweeps the planet, REUNIFICATION is a key contribution to the conversation. A bittersweet, masterful, nuanced portrait of a familys quest for a life filled with more opportunity and the subsequent fall-out. Sparks empathy and imagination  this is what documentary is built for.  Jessica Green, Director, Maysles Documentary Center

I loved REUNIFICATION  the structure, juxtapositions, poignancy and clear-eyed honesty so clear, sensitive and fine.  Meredith Monk, Composer & Director

Its a documentary unlike any Ive seen  a film very clearly put together to say things through the language of film that the filmmaker is uncomfortable saying any other way Of all the films I watched this year, REUNIFICATION is the film thats come closest to fe eling like a truly distinct Asian-American [film] language. Arthur Chu, Salon and The Daily Beast


Northwest Film Forum (View)
1515 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
United States




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