Contact Duc H. Nguyen
Phone: 510 593 5395
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Irvine, CA – April 3, 2013: Emmy Award Winner, Duc Nguyen’s new documentary, STATELESS, will premiere at the 2013 Vietnamese International Film Festival and will receive the Spotlight Award at 2pm on April 14, 2013. UC Irvine. HIB100. For more information go to: vietfilmfest.com/stateless.html.
Additionally, the film will screen at this year's San Francisco Global Vietnamese Film Festival on April 28th at 2:45pm at the historic Roxie Theater. 3117 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103. For more information go to: sfgvff.wordpress.com.
STATELESS was also chosen as a finalist for The GRAND JURY AWARD FOR NON-FICTION at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and will screen on May 4th at the Directors' Guild of America. For more information go to: asianfilmfestla.org/2013/
STATELESS elucidates the story of over 2,000 forgotten Vietnamese refugees who were denied resettlement to the West in the 1980s, as the world fatigued of the plight of Vietnamese Boat People fleeing a repressive Communist Vietnam. In the year of immigration reform, STATELESS gives a rare and poignant glimpse into what it means to live on the fringe of society, stripped of all civil rights.
In 2005, a spark of hope is re-ignited when U.S. immigration officials return to Manila to review the cases of a forgotten group of Vietnamese refugees who spent over 17 years in the Philippines waiting in limbo. They have been living in the Philippines without any legal status, employment or civil rights. While nervously waiting for judgment day, the STATELESS Vietnamese refugees hang on a thread of hope to find a permanent home.
Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Duc Nguyen’s STATELESS tells the story of post-Vietnamese War refugees who never made it to America, who settled illegally in the Philippines, and are preparing to interview with U.S. State Department officials when the immigration department decides to open new cases in 2005. Like a spelling bee movie on steroids, the tension ratchets as the viewer gets to know a selection of Boat People and how they have eked out a living in the fringes of Manila for more than 16 years.
The tone is unflinchingly matter-of-fact and somewhat neutral, with director Nguyen allowing the families and activists that represent them to do the talking. Although establishing shots and background images include fast-moving rowboats, colorful jeepneys, busy street markets and old photos paint a full and energetic picture of life in Manila, one can’t help but hope that the interviewees will make their way to America. Who will make it? What will happen to those who don’t?
--Martin Wong, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
Watch trailer online: vimeo.com/60320460
Stateless is a production of Right Here In My Pocket Productions: www.rhimp.com