I received an email from the director Ien Chi about a documentary he’s trying to raise money for. It sounds very intriguing.
I wanted to share this story I’ve had the luck of beginning to work on. I’m not sure if you read about Chris Jeon – who back in 2011 garnered some internet fame for going off to Libya and fighting with rebels against Gaddafi. We’re now launching a documentary project about Chris.
This is the link to our Kickstarter page with more:
It’s not only a fantastic story, but also one that deals much with breaking away from often repressive Asian-American growing-up environment, pressure to pursue high paying careers, and beyond.
There’s a petition to recognize the first player of color to ever play in the NHL. He was Chinese Canadian and born in Vernon, BC, Canada. You can sign the online petition here and join the facebook group. For more about Larry Kwong you can start with this post by UglyChineseCanadian or watch this video feature about him by CBC’s The National. The one and only game he played (where he only played one shift) on March 13, 1948 was against the Montreal Canadiens at the forum.
If you think it was because Kwong wasn’t good enough then you should read the New York Times article which contains a couple of quotes from Hall of Famers who describe his great talent. Dickie Moore said, “Larry was a heck of a hockey player. He was a good skater, a good puck handler. He could score goals. What more do they want?” Jean Beliveau said, “Larry made his wing men look good because he was a great passer. He was doing what a center man is supposed to do.”
Kwong will be turning 90 this year and I hear that there’s a new documentary that’s in the finishing stages. Lost Years was perhaps the first to bring attention to Larry in documentary form.
Le film franco-belge, Couleur de peau: Miel, est co-réalisé par Laurent Boileau et Jung Sik-jun. Il s’inspire du bande dessinée autobiographique de Jung, un Coréen qui était adoptée par une famille Belge et grandisait en Belgique. Le film mélange des séquences documentaires et des scènes animées. Vous pourriez trouver l’horaire du film au siteweb cinemamontreal.com.
For any francophones out there feel free to point out any errors in my French (written French is not something I practice often). The literal translation of this title in English is Color of Skin: Honey but the official English title is Approved for Adoption. It’s a 2012, French-Belgian film directed by Laurent Boileau et Jung Sik-jun. It’s based on the autobiographical comic of Jung, a Korean adoptee who grew up in Belgium. Le film combines real life documentary sequences and animated parts as well. The mix of real life and animations reminds me of the Canadian documentary One Big Hapa Family which also did the same. Couleaur de peau: Miel is playing in French only at some cinemas in Montreal right now so for those of you who understand French you can check out the screen times at cinemamontreal.com.
Here’s an interesting, award winning documentary, Yours Truly, Miss Chinatown directed by Daisy Lin that you can watch for free online.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Every year, two dozen women compete for the crown of Miss Los Angeles Chinatown, one of the oldest and best known ethnic pageants in the world. YOURS TRULY, MISS CHINATOWN uncovers the intimate stories of three young women who vie for the title Miss Los Angeles Chinatown, while struggling to navigate two cultures with conflicting values. The crown is a link to the past, while their lives are a sign of the times. As the spectacle unfolds onstage, so does the drama of their lives – there are no pat beauty pageant answers to real life struggles with love, family, culture, and life as a modern woman.
and a quick trailer
Screening of the film “Being Chinese in Quebec” takes place Friday February 15 starting at 7pm at the Montreal Chinese Community and Cultural Center. Only a small donation is requested.
Here’s an excerpt from the facebook event describing the documentary:
“The film “Being Chinese in Quebec: a road movie” is finally ready to be presented to the public! The feature documentary is directed by Malcolm Guy and William Ging Wee Dere and produced by Productions Multi-Monde.
The documentary follows Bethany Or and Parker Mah, two young members of the community who have decided to call Quebec their home, as they set out across the province to explore their identity and their roots”
A Sorry State is a 47-minute documentary on the meaning of government apologies.
With three Canadian government apologies to his parents and stepparents for past racist actions, filmmaker Mitch Miyagawa has the most apologized-to family in the country—maybe even the world.
But what do they mean, to his parents, his young children and to his country? A Sorry State chronicles his life-changing journey of discovery.
A short clip featuring one of the members of the Misnomer(s). Very interesting.