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Reunification

For 17 years, the filmmaker confronts memories of migration and a once intact family.

Videos

Official Trailer

Overview

Genre
Personal Doc, Contemporary Issues, Biography, Portrait, and Culture
Synopsis

"Explores the past with a Proustian sensitivity" - The Boston Globe
"Clear-eyed honesty... sensitive & fine" - Meredith Monk
"Masterful, nuanced” - Jessica Green, Maysles Doc Center
"Truly Distinct" - Salon

In this award-winning doc that gives an insider view on the contemporary immigrant experience and personal filmmaking process, filmmaker Alvin Tsang reflects (for 17 years) 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 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.

Special Jury Prize Winner, San Diego Asian Film Festival

Treatment
Show treatment
Stage
finished
Running time
86 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
Prod. Partners
Supported by US Consulate General (Hong Kong) and Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office NYC & Washington D.C.

Distribution Details

Release year
2016
Festivals
San Diego Asian FF, Hong Kong Independent FF, Queens World FF, DC APA FF, Macau FF; Maysles Cinema, Northwest Film Forum, Kino Babylon Berlin, Gropius Bau/Berliner Festspiele, Queens Museum; NYU, UCLA
Awards
Special Jury Prize, San Diego Asian Film Festival
Distribution
Facets (US), Ying E Chi (Hong Kong)
Language
English, Cantonese
Subtitles
English, Chinese

Photos

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