MOCAFilms presents Reunification by Alvin Tsang

Thu, May 2, 2019 @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm




Tickets are $15 and include screening, wine, and Museum admission. Members receive complimentary tickets. Not a Member? Join today!


Filmed over a 17-year period, this award-winning film gives an insider view on the contemporary Asian American immigrant experience, family psychology, and personal filmmaking. Director Alvin Tsang reflects on his family's migration from Hong Kong to Los Angeles in the early 1980s - fraught with betrayal from his parents' divorce, economic strife and communication meltdown between parents and children.


This poetic exploration moves moodily across different channels and modes, bending into labor histories and Hong Kong's colonial trajectories. Tsang turns the camera on his own family, cautiously prodding for answers, but fully acknowledging that the only closure he can get will be from deciding for himself how to move on.


Alvin Tsang is a graduate of University of California, San Diego’s Visual Arts department, where he began his film career serving as an editing assistant for Thomas Allen Harris's That’s My Face (2001), an award-winning film exploring the mythical African “face” found in Brazil, East Africa and the U.S. Tsang edited Josiah Lee’s Handling The A.M. (2006), a short comedy about the absurdity and falsity of Asian American stereotypes, and Robert E. Holley’s HIV/AIDS awareness film, Love me Through It (2008). He served as co-producer and post-supervisor for Ermena Vinluan’s award-winning documentary, Tea & Justice (2007), about the very first female Asian-American NYPD officers on the force. Also co-produced with Vinluan, Tsang filmed and edited a short documentary profiling John Sayles’s making of Amigo(2010) about the Philippine-American War. He serves as a video documentarian for the pioneering artist Meredith Monk and The Guggenheim in NYC. Tsang’s other films include the shorts Fish (2010) and Preservation (2011). Reunification (2015) is Tsang's first feature film, which won a Special Jury Prize at the San Diego Asian Film Festival in 2015. Tsang is currently working on two documentaries - one on space traveling and the other on an eccentric humanist philosopher.


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