More to come!
Sat, Nov. 7, 2015 San Diego Asian Film Festival (SDAFF) World Premiere - San Diego, CA – Winner, Special Jury Prize
Fri, June 30, 2017 – Integrated Care Conference at NYU School of Medicine
Tues, May 16 – New York Public Library Mid-Manhattan
Sat, May 13- New York Public Library Chatham Sq – Program Note
Sun, May 7 – 21 Pell Street in Chinatown
Wed, May 3 – Hunter College
Thurs, Apr. 27 – New York Public Library 53rd Street (across from MOMA) – Program Note
Wed, Apr. 26 – New York Public Library Seward Park – Program Note
Tue, Apr. 4 – Cal State Fullerton- Presented by APARC – Program Note
Thurs, Mar. 30 – Pasadena Public Library’s “One City, One Story” series – Program Note
Wed, Mar. 29 – Crowell Library – Press
Tue, Mar. 28 – Cal State Northridge – Presented by China Institute
Thurs, Mar. 9 – UC Riverside
Wed, Mar. 8 – UCLA – Presented by Asia Pacific Center – Program Note
Tue, Mar. 7 – Cal State LA
Sat, Mar. 4 – Alhambra Civic Center Library
Fri, Mar. 3 – Cerritos Public Library
Sun, Feb. 26 – Monterey Park Library
Sat, Feb. 25 – Santa Ana Public Library – Presented by Memories of Migration
Dec. 2016 – California Film Awards – In-competition for Best Doc Silver Award
Sat, Oct. 29 – Queens Library – Forest Hills, NYC
Fri, Oct. 7 – Asian-American/Asian Research Institute (AAARI) – NYC – Evening Lecture Series
Sat, Fri, Sep. 23 – Macau Film Festival – Cinematheque Passion, Macao – Program Note
Sat, Sep. 17 – New York Public Library – Chatham Sq – Program Note
Fri, Aug. 20-26 – Oil Street Art Space – North Point, HK – Program Note
Sun, Aug. 14 – Queens Library – Flushing, NYC (co-presented by MOCA & Queens Memory Project)
Thurs, July 21 – QWFF Encore at Kissena Corridor Park – Queens, NYC – Program Note
Fri, May 6 – Maysles Documentary Center – “Open Letter to NYC: Migration” Series- NYC – Program Note
Sun, Apr. 24 – Hong Kong Contemporary Film Festival (HKCFF) - NYC- Program Note
Sat, Apr. 23 – DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival (DCAPA) - Washington DC – Program Note
Thurs, Mar. 17 – New York Queens World Film Festival - Queens, New York City – Program Note
Sun, Jan. 31 – Hong Kong Independent Film Festival - Wan Chai, Hong Kong – Program Note
IMDB – User Reviews
Salon – “We Need Asian Indie Films Too” (*See full excerpt below)
SinoVision Journal (Video Profile in English) – “Reunification”
Review Fix – “Review Fix Exclusive QWFF Coverage: Alvin Tsang Talks Reunification”
Pasadena Now – “A Special Film Screening of “Reunification” – A Film by Alvin Tsang”
Triton Magazine – “Seventeen Years in the Making”
Anglonerd – “Fathers and Sons” movies/books/TV reviews
Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office Digest – “REUNIFICATION Documentary Makes East Coast Premiere”
Beyond Chinatown – “Chinese & Chinese American Filmmakers Share Stories of Relationships at the Queens World Film Festival”
HojeMacau (Portuguese) – Cinema: “Festival Ying E Chi arranca já quinta-feira”
Asian Fortune – “Award-Winning Film on Contemporary Chinese Immigration To Screen at DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival”
Asian In NY – “REUNIFICATION Film by Alvin Tsang”
World Journal《世界日報》2/27/17 – 華裔移民紀錄片 花了17年拍攝
China Press《僑報》 – 新移民生活紀錄片巡演南加州
Sing Tao Daily《星島日報》 – 皇后區世界電影節放映《家庭團聚》
World Journal《世界日報》 – 父母離異 華裔導演拍片療傷
Apple Daily《蘋果日報》 – 紐約直擊
The China Press《侨报纽约网》 – 香港现代电影节周末展映多元作品
Sinovision (Chinese w/ English Interview) – Press Conference Video at Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office NY
Film Pilgrimage《電影朝聖》 – “獨立焦點趙德胤”
Cinema Junkie w/ Beth Accomando – SDAFF Artistic Director Brian Hu on selecting REUNIFICATION for the festival
*SALON Review (full excerpt) by Arthur Chu, SDAFF Juror, 11-wk Jeopardy! winner, The Daily Beast & Salon columnist - from the article “We Need Asian Indie Films Too”
“…In the context of a festival celebrating Asian-American filmmakers, especially, what I was searching for in every film was the sense of someone who was speaking a different language as a filmmaker, a language that to an Asian-American viewer might feel less like something borrowed from majority culture, something authentically us.
Which is why I fell in love with Alvin Tsang’s REUNIFICATION this year. It’s a film I fought for hard, and one which, when it didn’t win Best of the Festival or Best Documentary Feature, we agreed should get a Special Jury Award.
Alvin Tsang’s autobiographical documentary resonates with me in a few specific ways but not in others. Like Tsang’s parents, my parents are divorced. Like Tsang, I grew up as a child of Chinese ethnicity in the United States and suffered the attendant feelings of being isolated and out of place.
Unlike Tsang, I didn’t grow up in poverty or have to work after-school jobs to support my family. Unlike Tsang, I was born in the U.S. and never had the experience of being an immigrant myself. Unlike Tsang, I didn’t have the formative childhood experience of being trapped in a tiny Hong Kong apartment for hours at a time waiting for my father to come home.
The brutal sincerity of Tsang’s work makes the similarities of his story to mine shine brightly and the differences seem to dim. It’s a documentary unlike any I’ve seen – a film very clearly put together to say things through the language of film that the filmmaker is uncomfortable saying any other way. You can almost follow Tsang’s decisions in post-production one by one, watching him assemble a version of his life’s story that makes sense to him out of decades of archival footage of home movies and abortive attempts at interviews, watching the video quality improve as he gets closer to the present day.
REUNIFICATION is much less polished, much more awkward and clumsy in some ways, much more “amateurish” than the other documentaries in the festival. That’s what I love about it. “Reunification,” unlike other films in the festival, had its world premiere at SDAFF and, were it not for the existence of Asian-American “niche” film festivals, would be unlikely to be getting any screenings. That, too, is what I love about it.
Of all the films I watched this year, REUNIFICATION is the one that affected me emotionally the most – often bringing me to tears simply because, unlike other films (including other documentary films), the conversations Tsang has with his family members about his childhood felt so real, so immediate they were almost in the room with me. It was as though I were voicing my own long-held grievances about my childhood to my parents and receiving their stinging rebuke “Who are you to judge?” all over again.
For me, the point of “indie” film is to show what film can do when it’s not shackled to the need to provide entertaining spectacle to make a profit for investors – what the medium can do when freed up to tell stories that the filmmaker truly, deeply desires to tell and has no other way to get out.
It’s the kind of thing I get to see very rarely and that’s even more rarely celebrated and rewarded–and when it is, the accolades are usually going to a wealthy white kid with connections.
To me, the fact that a film like REUNIFICATION got completed represents a minor miracle – even in this age of Hollywood “embracing diversity” – and I’m happy to play whatever limited role I can as Decider in helping it get recognition and more screenings.
To me, Asian-American success in cinema – or any minority success in any field – is, yes, partially measured by penetration of the mainstream, by being able to see Asian-American action heroes and Asian-American sexy romantic leads and Asian-American lovable sitcom dads.
But I think the most important work that comes out of minority communities is the deeply idiosyncratic, deeply weird work that tries hard to eschew the majority language we’ve been taught and speak our own language. REUNIFICATION is the film that’s come closest to feeling like a truly distinct Asian-American language to me in a long time, and it’s without any reservations that I tell you – you might not end up liking it, but I still want you to go see it.”