The Brooklyn Museum and the Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC) presents the annual Brooklyn Filmmakers screening, May 9 at the museum, as part of the 42nd BAC International Film Festival.
This year, they have included a selection of short films, as well as “Oh, Saigon,” a personal documentary in which a young woman seeks to uncover the secrets surrounding her family’s flight from Vietnam on the final day of the War. This film is a seven-year documentary study on director Doan Hoang’s family.
Airlifted out of Vietnam April 30, 1975, Doan Hoang’s family was on the last civilian helicopter out of the country at the end of the war. Twenty-five years later, she sets out to uncover her family’s story. The film follows her family as they return to Vietnam after decades of exile, where her father, a former South Vietnamese major, meets his brothers again to confront their political differences: one was a Communist, the other a pacifist.
Meanwhile, Hoang tries to reconcile her own difficult past with her half sister, who was mistakenly separated from the family during the escape.
For a complete list of all films and for information about screening locations, events, and parties for the entire festival, visit www.brooklynartscouncil.org/documents/771. All screenings are free and open to the public on a first-come first-served basis.
The Brooklyn Filmmakers series at The Brooklyn Museum’s Iris B. Cantor Auditorium, 200 Eastern Parkway, runs 5-8:30 p.m. For more, call 718-625-0080.
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