Join us for a screening of "Mai American," a documentary from Kevin Truong!
More than four decades after the War in Vietnam, Tot Mai, a Vietnamese American refugee and retiree living in Oregon begins to write down the story of her life in Vietnam, during and directly after the conflict. As she shares what she has written with her filmmaker son, she begins to confront the traumas of her past, while trying to come to a place of acceptance with her past circumstance and a forgiveness of herself. Her son in turn tries to develop a better understanding of his mother as a parent and more individually as a person.
“Mai American” is an exploration of generational trauma within families, the mythologies that are built within family histories and the dynamics between parent and child. Told against the backdrop of the broader Asian American and immigrant experience, and 45 years after the end of the War in Vietnam, the film is an intimate portrayal of an American immigrant woman, her family and the power of a woman’s story—a power that can often be forgotten or overlooked by even her own children.
Join us for a special screening of Mai American on May 26th!
And please consider supporting Kevin's campaign to fully fund the feature-length version of Mai American on Kickstarter.
Kevin Truong is a documentary photographer, filmmaker and journalist.
Born in a refugee camp for Vietnamese boat people in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Kevin and his family immigrated to the United States the following year.
He first received recognition for his work with The Gay Men Project, a photo project in which he has documented the lives of gay and queer men across 37 countries. His subjects include the first openly gay member of Congress in Peru, HIV outreach workers in South Africa, a retired Justice of the Australian High Court and a gay prince in India.
His current project, The Asian Diaspora, a storytelling project, examines racism and bigotry as experienced by Asians and Asian Americans.