Date(s) - 03/20/2019 - 03/24/2019
5:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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The San José Museum of Art (SJMA) and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, co-present Stories from the Farther Shore: Southeast Asian Film, a special film program showcasing recent documentary, art, and feature-length films by Southeast Asian filmmakers. Topics range from struggles with transgender identity in Finding Phong (2015) by Tran Phuong 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.
Stories from the Farther Shore coincides with Dinh Q. Lê: True Journey Is Return (September 14, 2018–April 7, 2019), 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.
Venues: Asian Art Museum (San Francisco), California College of the Arts (San Francisco), MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana (San José), San José Museum of Art (Wendel Education Center, San José), San José Museum of Art (Circle of Palms, San José), 3Below Theaters and Lounge (San José), Tully Library (San José)
- Light and Belief: Voices and Sketches of Life from the Vietnam War
Directed by Dinh Q. Lê. Vietnam 2011. Vietnamese with English subtitles. 36 min. Followed by a conversation with artist Dinh Q. Lê.
- Owl and the Sparrow (Cú Và Chim Se Sè)
Directed by Stephane Gauger. Vietnam 2008. Vietnamese with English subtitles. 97 min. Followed by a conversation with producer Jenni Trang Le.
- Flapping In the Middle of Nowhere (Dap Cánh Giua Không Trung)
Directed by Nguyen Hoang Diep. Vietnam 2014. Vietnamese with English subtitles. 98 min.
- The Island
Directed by Tuan Andrew Nguyen. Vietnam 2017. Vietnamese with English subtitles. 42 min.
- San José Stories: The Vietnamese Diaspora
A video mapped documentary by Robin Lasser. From the series Migratory Cultures by Robin Lasser + G. Craig Hobbs. USA 2019.
- The Tailor (Cô Ba Sài Gòn)
Directed by Tran Buu Loc and Kay Nguyen. Vietnam 2017. Vietnamese with English subtitles. 90 min.
- Finding Phong
Directed by Tran Phuong Thao and Swann Dubus. Vietnam 2015. Vietnamese with English subtitles. 92 min.
- Diamond Island
Directed by Davy Chou. Cambodia 2016. Khmer with English subtitles. 101 min.
- Vientiane in Love
Directed by Anysay Keola, Phanumad Disattha, Vannaphone Sitthirath, and Xaisongkham Induangchanthy. Laos 2015. Lao with English subtitles. 105 min.
- Malila: The Farewell Flower
Directed by Anucha Boonyawatana. Thailand 2017. Thai with English subtitles. 96 min.
- Nailed It
Directed by Adele Free Pham. USA 2017. English and Vietnamese with English subtitles. 59 min.
- Madam Phung’s Last Journey
Directed by Nguyen Thi Tham. Vietnam 2014. Vietnamese with English subtitles. 87 min.
- Memories of My Body (Kucumbu Tubuh Indahku)
Directed by Garin Nugroho. Indonesia 2018. Indonesian and Javanese with English subtitles. 105 min.