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 family’s 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 many unresolved years moves moodily across different channels and modes, bending into labor histories and Hong Kong’s 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. Tsang’s family live in Panorama City, where part of the film took place.
Won Special Jury Prize at San Diego Asian Film Festival; Fest screenings at Queens World, Hong Kong Independent, DC Asian Pacific American, HK Contemporary, Pineapple Underground Maysles Cinema, New York Public Library, Queens Library, AAARI.
About the Speaker:
Alvin Tsang is a graduate of UC San Diego’s Visual Arts department where he also began his film career as an editing assistant for THAT’S MY FACE (2001), an award-winning film by Thomas Allen Harris (director, THROUGH A LENS DARKLY) exploring the mythical African “face” found in Brazil, East Africa and the U.S. Tsang served as co-producer and post-supervisor for Ermena Vinluan’s award-winning documentary, TEA & JUSTICE (2007), about the first female Asian-American NYPD officers on the force. Also co-produced with Vinluan, Tsang filmed and edited a documentary short profiling legendary independent film director John Sayles’s making of his film AMIGO (2010) about the Philippine-American War.
This lecture is sponsored by CSUN China Institute, the department of Asian American Studies and the College of Humanities. It is free and open to the public. Campus map is available at this link, www.csun.edu/csun-maps, and public parking is available on campus (www.csun.edu/parking/visitor-parking-information) for $8 per day. Please contact Dr. Weimin Sun at email@example.com (818-677-6461) for more information. Light refreshment will be served.