Almost two decades ago, Chuh and Rex, refugees from the indigenous tribes of Vietnam, fell in love and started a family in North Carolina. In 2017, the unthinkable happened. Chuh was deported to Vietnam, leaving Rex and their four daughters behind in the U.S. Chuh works on adjusting to life in Vietnam, while Rex resiliently balances working, raising her children, and maintaining her long-distance relationship. The family and their communities mobilize to fight for Chuh’s return to the U.S.
This powerful documentary is an eye opener and explores the emotional toll deportation has on a community. With some excellent direction and stellar subjects, this film has the strength to make impact in the world.
Director Biography: Lan Nguyen grew up in Long Beach, California as the daughter of Vietnamese refugees. She studied journalism and education at Northwestern University, and is currently attending UCLA in pursuit of her MA in Asian American Studies. She is a lecturer with California State University of Long Beach, where she teaches ethnic studies to high school students. Lan is active in community organizing with VietUnity-SoCal and utilizes filmmaking as a medium for social change. She is a 2019 NeXt Doc Fellow.
Co-presented by: Chinese for Affirmative Action
These two films showcase inspirational people who are fighting the good fight.