The 2017 Southeast Asian American Studies Film Showcase will celebrate films (documentary, experimental, and narrative) that delve into Southeast Asian cultures in all its imaginaries and interpretations. Appropriate topics include, but are not limited to, diasporas, immigration, kinship, identity, gender, and politics.
Session: 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (3 films in one session)
Phetmixay Means FighterImmigrant Stories
Session: 1:30-3 p.m.
O'Leary 222Vientiane in Love
Session: 3:15-4:45 p.m.
O'Leary 222Lost Child: Sayon’s Journey
Session: 9-10:30 a.m.
O'Leary 222Better Places: Hmong of Rhode Island A Generation LaterNuoc (Water / Homeland)*
Session: 1:30–3 p.m. (2 concurrent films during session)
Bridging The Gap Of Dreams - O'Leary 478The End / Beginning: Cambodia* - O'Leary 222
*Community Special Selection
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San Aung, a refugee from Burma, struggles to establish a new life in America after spending years in a Southeast Asian Refugee camp.
Director / Producer: Michael Tacca
Time: 19 min. 50 sec. Learn More.
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Phetmixay Means Fighter is a short documentary film that seeks to explore Lao American refugee resiliency narratives through the life of my father, Phoutone Phetmixay.
Director / Producer: Rita Phetmixay
Production Company: EthnoCommunications
Time: 12 min. Learn More.
Immigrant Stories is a research and archiving project run by the Immigration History Research Center (IHRC) at the University of Minnesota. Immigrant Stories helps immigrants, refugees, and their family members create digital stories: brief videos with images, text, and audio about a personal experience. Learn more.
Vientiane in Love is the first omnibus Lao film delving into different aspects of love as shown through five separate stories.
Director / Producers: : Anysay Keola, Phanumad Disattha, Vannaphone Sitthirath, Xaisongkham Induangchanthy
Time: 95 min.
Sayon’s Journey explores the lasting journey of the Cambodian Genocide that claimed an estimated 1.7 million people through the eyes of a former Khmer Rouge child soldier.
Producer(s): Janet Gardner and Sopheap Theam
Production Company: Gardner Documentary Group
Time: 57 min.
In this sequel to The Best Place to Live (1981), we filmed the original families and updated their situations through intimate portraits of their lives and families from the middle-aged generation have continued to innovate in places and strategies for making a living.
Director/Producers: Peter O’Neill, Producer
Production Company: Skylight Films
Time: 52 min. Learn More.
A queer Vietnamese American teen attempts to piece together and understand their mom's experience as a Vietnam War refugee.
Director: Quyen Nguyen-Le
Time: 5 minutes. Learn More.
Bridging The Gap Of Dreams captures Lao Americans who overcame their odds and barriers. An intimate personal accomplishment for their personal struggles and challenges in order to live out and pursue their successful American dreams.
Director: Bounek Phouikham
Producers: Thavisouk Prasavath, Aloun Khotisene, & Bounek Phouikham
Production Company: LAStory Productions
Time: 63 min. Learn More.
Sophal Ear's compelling story of his family’s harrowing escape from Cambodia under the rule of the Khmer Rouge.
Time: 47 minutes. Learn More.
Films and inquires should be sent to:
Steve Arounsack, Ph.D.
Chair, Film Showcase Committee
Steve Arounsack, Ph.D.
Re: SEAA Film Showcase
California State University, California
1 University Circle
Turlock, CA 95382