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Kulap Vilaysack in person! Film Series : The 24th Annual Asian American Showcase

Origin Story

2018, Kulap Vilaysack, USA, 106 min.

Show Times

  • Sat, Apr 6th 8:00pm

“Intensely personal…questions about family, truth, and the reliability of memory.”-- Shilpa Agarwhal, L.A. Weekly

At the age of fourteen, director Vilaysack (BAJILLION DOLLAR PROPERTIE$) learned during a family fight that the man she called dad was not her biological father. Twenty years later, married and about to start a family of her own, she goes in search of the mystery man who fled the war in Laos with her mother. In this revealing and deeply heartfelt documentary, the filmmaker follows the clues to Minnesota, Laos, and back, to discover a new extended family, and a flawed figure of a father, an opportunist and emotional blackmailer. The motif of the DC Comics superhero Katharsis, based on Vilaysack by her friend Gail Simone, recurs throughout a saga that brings her new powers to cope. In English and Lao with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

Director Kulap Vilaysack is scheduled to appear for audience discussion.

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