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Director - Tim Tsai
Run Time - 69 minutes
Language - English and Vietnamese with English subtitles
Format - Digital
Year - 2019
Genre - Documentary

Educational Interests- American Studies, Asia, Business, Civil Rights, Conflict Resolution, Cultural Studies, Globalization, History (U.S.), History (World), Human Rights, Labor Studies, New Releases, Vietnam

Institutional DVD Price: $295

K-12 DVD Price: $75

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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.

"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 is careful in his exposition of a convoluted situation, deftly coaxing 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

Slamdance 2019 - World Premiere
Dallas International Film Festival 2019 - Best Historical Film
LA Asian Pacific Film Festival 2019 - Grand Jury Award, North American Documentary
Austin Asian American Film Festival 2019 - Audience Award, Best Feature Documentary
Houston AAPI Film Festival 2019 - Judge's Award, Best Feature Documentary
Viet Film Fest 2019 - Spotlight Award
Indie & Foreign Film Festival 2019 - Best Feature Documentary
Boston Asian American Film Festival 2019 - Audience Award, Best Feature Documentary
Rockport Film Festival 2019 - Best Feature Documentary
Seattle Asian American Film Festival 2020 - Opening Night Film

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