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SAN JOSÉ– Stories from the Farther Shore: Southeast Asian Film Series (Day Two)
March 21, 2019 @ 4:30 am – 2:30 pm Free
Tuan Andrew Nguyen, The Island, 2017. Courtesy of Tuan Andrew Nguyen and James Cohan, New York. SAN JOSÉ– San Jose Museum of Art and the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco co-present Stories from the Farther Shore: Southeast Asian Film from March 20–24, 2019, a special film program showcasing recent documentary, short, artistic, and feature-length films by Southeast Asian filmmakers. Topics range from struggles with transgender identity in Finding Phong (2015) by Tran Phong Thao and Swann Dubus to Malila: The Farewell Flower (2017), Anucha Boonyawatana’s meditation on love, loss, and mortality between two former gay lovers, to Tuan Andrew Nguyen’s The Island (2017), a dystopian art film shot on the Malaysian island of Pulau Bidong—the site of the largest and longest-operating refugee camp after the Vietnam War. Running from March 20–24, 2019, this free program of twelve films will screen at locations in both San José and San Francisco, including SJMA, Tully Library in San José, Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana/MACLA, California College of the Arts, and the Asian Art Museum. Screenings will be followed by conversations with filmmakers, scholars, and audiences. See accompanying screening schedule for full program details. A detailed listing of screening times, locations, and summaries of each film will be released in the coming weeks. Stories from the Farther Shore coincides with Dinh Q. Lê: True Journey Is Return, an exhibition organized by SJMA highlighting the acclaimed Vietnamese artist’s video and photography installations that gives voice to multiple, simultaneous stories about Vietnamese life and the aftermath of the Vietnam War. The films presented in this program offer a similarly nuanced portrait of Southeast Asia, focused on contemporary issues both at home and abroad. At a time of growing hostility to immigrant and refugee experiences in the United States, the films in this program will join the exhibition in giving voice to complex, humanized stories of identity and homeland, loss and survival, tradition and modernity. Check out the FULL SCHEDULE (13 films over five days, March 20 – March 24) Schedule on Thursday, March 21: Thursday, March 21 at 11:30 am Owl and the Sparrow (Cú Và Chim Se Sè). 2008. Vietnam. Directed by Stephane Gauger. Vietnamese with English subtitles. 97 min. Followed by a conversation with producer Jenni Trang Le. San José Museum of Art, Wendel Education Center 110 S Market St, San Jose, CA 95113 Ten-year old orphan Thuy is sent to live with her uncle after the death of her parents. Put to work in his bamboo factory, Thuy is treated poorly by her uncle and his associates and runs away to Saigon. In the city, she makes friends with a handful of orphans who live on the street and supports herself by selling flowers. She later assumes the role of matchmaker in hopes of finding a family, but soon realizes the task is more challenging than she expected. Thursday, March 21 at 2 pm Flapping In the Middle of Nowhere (Dap Cánh Giua Không Trung). 2014. Vietnam. Directed by Nguyen Hoang Diep. Vietnamese with English subtitles. 98 min. [TBD] San José Museum of Art, Wendel Education Center 110 S Market St, San Jose, CA 95113 Seventeen-year old Huyen is a student at a two-year college when she gets pregnant from her boyfriend who is a hustler and lowly employee at a public lighting company. In order to save money for an abortion, she becomes a prostitute and meets, ironically, a customer obsessed with pregnant women. He makes Huyen so happy that she almost forgets that there is a baby growing inside of her. Moving into surprising and bizarre psychological territory, Flapping In the Middle of Nowhere offers a candid representation of sex and adolescence in Vietnam. Thursday, March 21 at 6:30 pm The Island. 2017. Vietnam. Directed by Tuan Andrew Nguyen. Vietnamese with English subtitles. 42 min. MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana, Castellano Playhouse 510 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113 The Island is a short film shot entirely on Pulau Bidong, an island off the coast of Malaysia that became the largest and longest-operating refugee camp after the Vietnam War. Filmmaker Tuan Andrew Nguyen and his family were some of the 250,000 people who inhabited the tiny island between 1978 and 1991; it was once one of the most densely populated places in the world. After the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees shuttered the camp in 1991, Pulau Bidong became overgrown by jungle, filled with crumbling monuments and relics. Set in a dystopian future in which the last man on earth—having escaped forced repatriation to Vietnam—finds a United Nations scientist who has washed ashore after the world’s last nuclear battle. Thursday, March 21 at 8:30 pm San José Stories: The Vietnamese Diaspora. 2019. USA. A video mapped documentary by Robin Lasser. From the series “Migratory Cultures” by Robin Lasser + G. Craig Hobbs San José Museum of Art, Circle of Palms 110 S Market St, San Jose, CA 95113 Commissioned by the San José Museum of Art, Bay Area artist Robin Lasser has created a series of video mapping installations as part of her ongoing project Migratory Cultures. Video mapped at night onto SJMA’s building façade and onto trees in public parks, Lasser’s San Jose Stories: The Vietnamese Diaspora features interviews with individuals from San José’s multi-generational Vietnamese American community whose stories of migration reveal a more complex narrative of the largest Vietnamese diaspora in the United States. This project is made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of California Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.