Against the backdrop of the Vietnam war, the town of Seadrift, TX find themselves the new home of Vietnamese refugees seeking shelter from their war-torn homeland. Seadrift being a small commercial fishing community along the Gulf Coast, the Vietnamese are soon employed in the business, unfortunately clashing with the long established residents. Tensions mount as both sides jostle for territorial rights on the water and people begin to arm themselves in response to the escalating seriousness of harassments. The built-up anger all comes to a head in August 1979 when 20-year-old Sau Van Nguyen shoots and kills 35-year-old Billy Joe Aplin, setting off a chain of events that toss the relatively unknown town into the national spotlight. As hostilities against the Vietnamese grow to the point of attracting the attention of the KKK, the residents of Seadrift are left to find how to reconcile their way of life with the multitude of outside forces. – Yuxi Lai

Filmmaker(s) in attendance for post-screening Q&A!

“Salient and universal… an insightful fable for our own troubling times.”
– Nina Li Coomes, Chicago Times

“Tense and timely.”
– Clifford Pugh, Houston Chronicle

 

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Featured in our Texas Documentary Showcase

DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Tim Tsai
CO-PRODUCERS: Andrew Lee, Tengah Nguyen
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Colin Harrington
EDITORS: Tim Tsai, Angela K. Pires
COMPOSER: Alex Lu
FEATURING: Bang “Cherry” Nguyen, Beth Aplin-Martin, Thế Nguyen, Diane Wilson

LENGTH: 65 min
LANGUAGES: English | Vietnamese
COUNTRY: US
GENRE: Documentary | Historical

SUBTITLES: English
FORMAT: DCP

2019 Slamdance Film Festival
2019 Asian American Film Showcase Chicago
2019 Dallas International Film Festival Best Historical Film
2019 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival Grand Jury Award, N. American Documentary
CAAMFest 2019
Seadrift Official Website