Directed by Felicia Lowe
One of Asian America’s most distinguished godmothers of cinema, Felicia Lowe, presents perhaps her most personal film with CHINESE COUPLETS, which makes its world premiere at CAAMFest 2015.
Lowe specializes in Chinese American documentaries with universal appeal, including works on San Francisco’s Chinatown and Angel Island. With her latest, Lowe looks at her own mother — whom she calls “the hardest story for me to crack.”
Lowe deftly brings in history while weaving in a fascinating personal narrative, which brings her on a surprising trip to Cuba, a family history in Hawaii and Lowe turning to her own daughter for help in understanding her mysterious mother.
Through the tough conversations that take place in the film, a more complete history is told — on a personal level, for Chinese Americans, and about the painful and triumphant lives of all immigrants who come to the U.S. The film is a culmination of Lowe as a mother, daughter and filmmaker. Join us for questions and answers with Lowe following the film.
Both screenings will feature a special conversation with Director Felicia Lowe. The Great Star screening will be moderated by former CAAM Executive Director Eddie Wong. Eddie Wong is the former executive director of CAAM. He has been an active contributor and leader in Asian Pacific American arts, culture, media, and politics; his recent contribution being a guest curator for the Smithsonian Institution’s Asian Pacific American Center’s “A Day in the Life of Asian Pacific America” project.
The New Parkway screening will be moderated by William Gee Wong. Wong is an author, journalist and historian whose books include “Yellow Journalist: Dispatches from Asian America,” and “Images of America: Oakland’s Chinatown.” He is currently writing a book about his father, an exclusion-era immigrant from China who settled on Oakland, California’s Chinatown.
– Momo Chang
Co-Presenter: Angel Island Immigration Station