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'Reunification' documentary makes East Coast premiere

Director of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York Steve Barclay (left) welcomes Hong Kong-born filmmaker Alvin Tsang (center) and Queens World Film Festival artistic director Don Cato at a news conference on March 10.

The award-winning “Reunification” took nearly 17 years to produce.

Hong Kong-born filmmaker Alvin Tsang introduced his autobiographical documentary "Reunification" to the media at the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York on March 10. The documentary had its East Coast premiere at the Queens World Film Festival on March 17.

Mr. Tsang’s first feature-length documentary, "Reunification" gives an insider’s view of the contemporary Asian immigrant experience.

The filmmaker, who moved to the U.S. when he was a teenager, narrated his family’s immigration from Hong Kong to Los Angeles in the early 1980s. The experience was fraught with betrayal from his parents’ divorce, economic strife and a communication meltdown between parents and children. Between faded family photographs, old video footage and interviews collected through the years, the film bears the look and feel of a documentary that’s taken decades to produce.         

“Reunification,” which took nearly 17 years to make, won the Special Jury Prize at the San Diego Asian Film Festival in 2015.

 


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