“I loved Reunification: the structure, juxtapositions, poignancy and clear-eyed honesty. Tsang's work is so clear, sensitive, and fine." – Meredith Monk
Reflecting for 17 years on his family’s immigration legacy, the filmmaker confronts the delicate images of a once intact family. In this award-winning film, Alvin Tsang focuses 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 family members.
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.
Produced, written, shot, and directed by Alvin Tsang. Score: Joanna Karselis. Editing & script consultant: Amy Epstein.
USA / 2015 / 85 minutes / color