Dir: Adele Pham | USA 2008 | 15:51 | BetacamSP | Director In Attendance | Canadian Premiere
Two half-Vietnamese documentary filmmakers, both named Adele, weave a shared narrative of mixed Asian (hapa) experiences through archival images, super 8 film, verité, and interview.
Adele Pham graduated from the documentary film program at the New School, NYC, in spring 2008.
Dir: Doan Hoang | USA 2007 | 57:00 | Digibeta | English & Vietnamese With English Subtitles | Director In Attendance | Canadian Premiere
On April 30, 1975, three-year-old Doan and her family were airlifted out of burning Saigon in the last civilian helicopter bound for America. In the confusion, they were separated from her half-sister, Van. After decades of life in America, Doan finally convinces her family to return to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) and uncovers a family history she never knew.
Van, who had suffered through imprisonment and kidnapping, struggles with her mother to resolve feelings about being left behind. Her father, who is a former South Vietnamese major, must come to terms with political differences to reconcile with his estranged older brother, a communist. Decades later the effects of war still resonate, but whether they are soldiers, mothers, children, prisoners, revolutionaries, or refugees, they are still, ultimately, a family.
Doan Hoang’s documentary Oh Saigon was funded by the Sundance Institute, and has won Best Feature Documentary at the Brooklyn Arts Council International Film Festival, and Grand Jury Prize at Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.
Daddy Tran: A Life in 3-D
Dir: Siu Ta | Canada 2008 | 47:00 | Digibeta | English & Vietnamese w/ English Subtitles | Director In Attendance | Special Live Appearance by Hai Tran
At 65 years of age, Hai Tran is on a mission to leave a legacy of 3-D photos. Photography has been the most important thing in his life. Even when he and his family were forced to flee Vietnam on a small boat, he packed only one suitcase of photographs and three cameras. Who knew that his love for photography would save their lives?
Arriving in Calgary, Alberta, in February 1980, Tran started his photo career in Canada working for minimum wage at a photo lab, but over the next 17 years, he would develop a vision for “Vintage Visuals” which became the largest used camera store in Western Canada. Through vivid accounts of his childhood, marriage, children, boat-refugee experience, a portrait of a unique man is revealed, one whose fears, insecurities, and volatile personality are balanced by his charisma and passion for photography.
Siu Ta is a Toronto-based actor and filmmaker. Her films Urge (2000) and Kata Practice (2004) have screened in over 50 international film festivals, including Reel Asian. Daddy Tran: A Life In 3-D is a collaboration with her husband and cinematographer John Minh Tran, who is also a son of Hai Tran.