886

Reunification

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

Videos

Official Trailer

Overview

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

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

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
Prod. Partners
Supported by US Consulate General (Hong Kong) and Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office (HKETO) 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, California Film Awards, Pineapple Underground FF; Maysles Cinema, Northwest Film Forum, Museum of Chinese in America, NYU, UCLA, UCSD, China Institute (CSUN), AAARI, NYPLs
Awards
Special Jury Prize, San Diego Asian Film Festival
Distribution
Facets (US), Ying E Chi (Hong Kong)
Language
English, Cantonese
Subtitles
English, Chinese

Photos

Photo 2-dad alvin invisible_thumb
Family rgb_thumb
Photo 5- alvin window_thumb
Image_thumb
Storyart_reunification_v3_1920x1080_thumb
Storyart_reunification_v10_1920x1080_thumb

Browse documentary films on The D-Word