Be a part of the first audience to see “Fighting for Family”, a film about love, strength and the fight for reunification!
The Vietnamese Student Union, Asian Pacific Coalition, and Asian American Studies Center at UCLA are proud to present Cà Phê Ấm, a night of arts and culture meant to highlight the work of Vietnamese artists and filmmakers. This quarter, we will be hosting the WORLD PREMIERE of the film “Fighting for Family” directed by our very own UCLA Asian American Studies MA, Lan Nguyen!
Join us for a night of learning and community building as we delve into the issue of Southeast Asian deportation and its impacts on families and communities. In addition, we will also be having a virtual Q&A with the family featured in our film! Reception to follow. Read below for more details:
Date: Thursday, November 21st, 2019
Time: 7:00-7:40pm Film Screening | 7:40-8:20pm Director and Family Q&A + Audience Discussion | 8:20-9:00pm Reception and Photo Campaign
Location: Young Hall CS 76
Parking: The closest parking lot is Parking Structure 2, located at 602 Charles E. Young Drive, East, Los Angeles, CA 90095. Visitors may park in designated pay station parking areas. Once parked, go to the nearest parking pay station to purchase duration of parking time needed. Pay using exact cash amount or with a credit card.
Almost two decades ago, Chuh and Rex, refugees from the indigenous tribes of Vietnam, fell in love and started a family in North Carolina. In 2017, the unthinkable happened. Chuh was deported to Vietnam, leaving Rex and their four daughters behind in the U.S. Chuh works on adjusting to life in Vietnam, while Rex resiliently balances working, raising her children, and maintaining her long-distance relationship. The family and their communities mobilize to fight for Chuh’s return to the U.S.
FIGHTING FOR FAMILY is a story about family separation caused by deportation. The film captures the love story between a young family who faces countless challenges, yet continues to be hopeful, resilient, and joyful. FIGHTING FOR FAMILY discusses the U.S. imperialist war machine and the intergenerational harm that it inflicts, from refugee flight to the school to prison to deportation pipeline, but also highlights the power of resilience and community resistance.