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When: 10/12/2008
10:30 AM
Where: Multi-Use Room
9800 Town Park Dr.
Houston, Chinese Community Center  77036
Contact: Debbie Chen
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10:30 AM  SAIGON, USA  by Lindsey Jang and Robert C. Winn. A co-presentation of ITVS and KOCE. / USA / 2004 / 60 min.
Since the fall of Saigon in 1975, hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese refugees have nurtured a community known as Little Saigon in Orange County, California. Vietnamese Americans have struggled to reconcile the demons of their past with their present life in America.  SAIGON, USA focuses on this community's changing identity and growing sense of empowerment.

11:30 AM  LABOR WOMEN by Renee Tajima-Pena and Asian Women United / USA / 2002 / 35 min.
This half-hour documentary is a portrait of three immigrant daughters who are part of a new generation transforming the American labor movement.

12:15 PM  A DREAM IN DOUBT Producer/Director: Tami Yeager and Co-producer Preetmohan Singh / USA / 2007 / 57 min.
Four days after the 9/11 attacks, Balbir Singh Sodhi was gunned down at his Phoenix area gas station by a man named Frank Roque. To Roque, Balbir Sodhi's beard and turban, articles of his Sikh faith, symbolized the face of America's new enemy. A DREAM IN DOUBT follows Rana Singh Sodhi, Balbir's brother, as he attempts to fight the hate threatening his family and community. The Sodhis had fled ethnic violence in India to pursue their version of the American dream. But less than a year after Balbir's murder, Sukhpal Sodhi, Rana's next-eldest brother, is killed in mysterious circumstances while driving a cab in San Francisco. Nine months later, Rana's friend Avtar Chiera is shot by three men who yell, Go back to where you came from! A DREAM IN DOUBT explores the complexities of race, religion, immigration, and the American Dream. In the end, the film demonstrates that hope and courage have the power to overcome hate.

1:20 PM  ANGRY LITTLE ASIAN GIRL  Director: Kyung Yu / USA / 2003 / 30 min.
Creator of the underground comic and website Angry Little Girls, Lela Lee also enjoys a successful acting career in film and television. The same fiery attitude and unyielding principles that distinguish her graphic projects fuel her on-screen pursuits, testifying to the ambitions and hopes of a Korean American talent expressing her identity every way possible.

2:00 PM  SECOND CLASS VETERANS by Donald Young  / USA / 2002 / 27 min.
During WWII, President Roosevelt ordered Filipinos to fight on behalf of the United States. Of the 200,000 Filipinos who enlisted, more than half of them were killed in the historic battles of Bataan and Corregidor. In 1946, Congress stripped the soldiers of previously promised military benefits and recognition. For nearly 60 years, the veterans have waited for those promises to be honored. Thousands have come to the United States in hopes of equity or return of the benefits; many live alone and in poverty. This film shows the struggle for equity by the veterans and the Filipino community.

2:30 PM  HAPA  by Midori Sperandeo & KVIE-TV / USA / 2001 / 26 min.
According to 2000 Census statistics, nearly 7 million Americans identify themselves as multi-racial, or 'hapa.' This engaging first-person documentary is about marathon runner and TV producer Midori Sperandeo's struggles to come to terms with her hapa identity. Interviews with individuals from diverse backgrounds call attention to the pressure many feel to choose between cultural heritages; their anxieties of feeling like outsiders in their parents' communities; and the unique ways in which the hapa community is enriching the cultural fabric of our society.

3:00 PM  FOUND IN CHINA  by Carolyn Stanek / USA / 2007 / 67 min.
This emotional documentary focuses on the daughters' thoughts and feelings about being adopted and then experiencing the Chinese culture. The children are the stars of this film and ask you to see life through their eyes.

4:15 PM  TEA & JUSTICE  by Ermena Vinluan / USA / 2007 / 54 min.
In TEA & JUSTICE, Officer Ormsby and Detectives Chan and Leung share stories about their careers, their personal lives, the stereotypes they defied and how they persevered. Intrigued by the image of Asian women in a non-traditional career, filmmaker Ermena Vinluan explores her own mixed feelings about cops while honoring the challenges these women embraced and the changes they accomplished. TEA & JUSTICE includes interviews with ordinary New Yorkers and anti-police abuse activists - some of whom believe that reducing police abuses will require hiring more women cops, since they tend to avoid using excessive force.
The film's humorous cartoons, lively graphics and original music enhance the three women's stories and its complex look at race, gender and power.


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