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Reunification

Confronting for 17 years the delicate images of a once intact family.

Videos

Official Trailer

Overview

Genre
Personal Doc, Contemporary Issues, Human Interest, Culture, and Essay
Synopsis

"Clear-eyed honesty... sensitive & fine!" - Meredith Monk
"A MASTERFUL, nuanced portrait!” - Jessica Green, Maysles Doc Center
"A MUST-SEE!" - Aurorae Khoo, Writer, “Nurse Jackie”
"A TRULY DISTINCT Asian-American [film] language!" - Salon

In this deeply personal award-winning essayist doc that gives an insider view on the contemporary immigrant experience, divorce 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 17 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.

Stage
finished
Running time
85 minutes

Credits

  • Alvin Tsang ... Director, Editor, Narrator
  • Joanna Karselis ... Composer
  • Amy Epstein ... Editing Consultant
  • Ermena Vinluan ... Outreach Consultant
  • Corky Lee ... Outreach Consultant

Production Details

Prod. Co.
HawkFinn Films
Country
United States
Years of Production
2015
Locations
US, Hong Kong

Distribution Details

Release year
2016
Festivals
San Diego Asian FF, Hong Kong Independent FF, Queens World FF, DC APA FF, Macau FF, California Film Awards, Pineapple Underground FF; Maysles Doc Center, CCNY's Doc Forum, UCLA, UCSD, China Institute (CSUN), Confucius Institute (Pace), AAARI, NYPL
Awards
Special Jury Prize, San Diego Asian Film Festival
Distribution
U.S. - Facets (DVD release 2018); Hong Kong - Ying E Chi
Language
English, Cantonese
Subtitles
English, Chinese

Photos

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