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Seadrift
A documentary by Tim Tsai

69 minutes, color, 2019
English & Vietnamese with English subtitles


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Synopsis

In 1979, a Vietnamese refugee shoots and kills a white crab fisherman at the public town docks in Seadrift, TX. What began as a dispute over fishing territory erupts into violence and ignites a maelstrom of boat burnings, KKK intimidation, and other hostilities against refugees along the Gulf Coast.

Taking place after the Fall of Saigon, when hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese nationals desperately fled the communist takeover of their home country, Seadrift examines the events leading up to the shooting and its dramatic aftermath, revealing the unexpected consequences that continue to reverberate today.


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Reviews

"Riveting." - Clifford Pugh, Houston Chronicle

"A powerful contemporary resonance simmers beneath the surface of this straightforward documentary. By not taking sides, the film promotes a worthwhile message of acceptance and reconciliation."- Todd Jorgenson, D Magazine

"Tsai deftly coaxes stories from white and Vietnamese residents alike, teasing out themes of nationalism and unexpected forgiveness. Though the film ostensibly deals with an isolated incident in a tiny town that occurred 40 years ago, this story feels at once immediately salient and universal, as if an insightful fable for our own troubling times."- Nina Li Coomes, Chicago Reader


Festivals

Slamdance 2019 - World Premiere

Dallas International Film Festival - Best Historical Film

LA Asian Pacific Film Festival - Grand Jury Award, North American Documentary

Austin Asian American Film Festival - Audience Award, Best Feature Documentary

Houston AAPI Film Festival - Judge's Award, Best Feature Documentary

Viet Film Fest - Spotlight Award

Indie & Foreign Film Festival - Best Feature Documentary

Boston Asian American Film Festival - Audience Award, Best Feature Documentary

Rockport Film Festival - Best Feature Documentary

Seattle Asian American Film Festival - Opening Night Film


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