Screening of “Reunification” (General Public)


June 8


02:00 pm - 04:00 pm

Event Category:

Community, Screening

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Chinese American Museum of Chicago


Chinese American Museum of Chicago

238 West 23rd Street, Chicago, IL 60616

Chicago, IL, US, 60616

You are invited to a screening of “Reunification” from filmmaker Alvin Tsang, in which for 17 years the filmmaker confronts memories of migration and his once intact family. Alvin will be attending in person for a Q&A after the screening.

Filmed over a 17-year period, director Alvin Tsang reflects on his family’s migration from Hong Kong to Los Angeles in the early 1980s – fraught with betrayal from his parents’ divorce, economic strife and communication meltdown between parents and children. This poetic exploration moves moodily across different channels and modes, bending into labor histories and Hong Kong’s colonial trajectories. Tsang turns the camera on his own family, cautiously prodding for answers, but fully acknowledging that the only closure he can get will be from deciding for himself how to move on.  Winner of Special Jury Prize at the San Diego Asian Film Festival.

See the trailer here.

Same-day walk-in availability is not guaranteed. If there are available seats on the day of the event, the admission fee at the door is $15.

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“A layered documentary that is as much an inquiry into the nature of time and memory as it is an individual’s diary… REUNIFICATION explores the past with a Proustian sensitivity. Tsang retrieves an old childhood memory… and in it finds a lost world in which everyone was united and safe.” – Peter Keough, The Boston Globe

“It’s a documentary unlike any I’ve seen – a film very clearly put together to say things through the language of film that the filmmaker is uncomfortable saying any other way… REUNIFICATION is the film that’s come closest to feeling like a truly distinct Asian-American [film] language.” – Arthur Chu, Salon

Masterful, nuanced portrait of a family… sparks empathy and imagination — this is what documentary is built for.”
-Jessica Green, Maysles Documentary Center