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Film Series : The 24th Annual Asian American Showcase

Seadrift

2019, Tim Tsai, USA, 68 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Apr 12th 8:15pm

A small Texas port reaches a turning point after Vietnamese refugees new to the town become resented competitors in the local fishing industry, in this documentary with a message pertinent to today’s immigration debates. In the late 1970s, a large group of Vietnamese boat people settle in tiny Seadrift, Texas, where they take up the prevailing occupation of crab fishing, stretching resources thin and riling longtime residents that hold nativist views. A “crab war” of sabotage and dirty tricks escalates with the killing of a white fisherman, followed by the fire-bombing of Vietnamese homes and boats. In the months that follow, the KKK moves in en masse, to hold armed rallies and cross-burnings, triggering the Vietnamese to file a landmark lawsuit against the Klan. At the height of the hostilities, the townspeople begin to pull back and ask the critical question, Is this who we really are? DCP digital. (BS)

Director/producer Tim Tsai is scheduled to appear for audience discussion.

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