AMERICA REFRAMED celebrates
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
Five unique documentaries explore the diversity of the
Asian American experience
Tuesdays at 8pm
May on WORLD Channel
This May, AMERICA REFRAMED proudly presents five films in observance of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. "Together, the films take us on emotional journeys, challenge ingrained perceptions and introduce to us Asian Americans across the country, whose diverse views and experiences we might otherwise not encounter,” says AMERICA REFRAMED Series Producer, Carmen L. Vicencio. "The slate of films presented by America ReFramed in partnership with CAAM reflects the diversity of Asian American experiences, from stories about refugee communities to a classic Asian American documentary featuring an iconic civil rights hero," adds Stephen Gong, Executive Director at the Center for Asian American Media.
AMERICA REFRAMED kicked-off Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with a re-air of Kimberlee Bassford’s Hawai‘i-based WINNING GIRL on May 3, and a look at back at veteran filmmaker Grace Lee’s 2005 film THE GRACE LEE PROJECT—a quest to uncover what lies behind the uncanny ubiquity of the name "Grace Lee” on May 10.
The month-long set of films continues with important television premieres, including OPERATION POPCORN on May 17, a thrilling and suspenseful tale exploring the fate of 10 Hmong American leaders and a retired U.S. Army officer who are accused of conspiring together to overthrow the communist government of Laos. On May 24 we journey with Guggenheim Fellow, Kenneth Eng from Boston to rural China. In MY LIFE IN CHINA, Eng retraces the perilous steps his father chanced in search of a better life in America.
The day after Memorial Day AMERICA REFRAMED takes us deep into the beautiful woods of Oregon with THE LAST SEASON where a story of nature, friendship, trauma and longing unfolds between two veteran soldiers—one Cambodian, one American—over the course of one matsutake mushroom season.
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A thrilling and suspenseful tale, OPERATION POPCORN explores the fate of 10 Hmong American leaders and a retired U.S. Army officer who are accused of conspiring together to overthrow the communist government of Laos. Seven years in the making, the film sheds light on the fragile relationships between individuals and the American surveillance state. The broadcast will be followed by 14 days of free streaming.
MY LIFE IN CHINA is an unvarnished portrait of the life and memories of a stoic and reticent man committed to his family and two sons. Director Kenneth Eng's father often told them the story of how he walked for seven days and six nights before swimming for four hours to Macau to escape poverty and Communism. Upon their visit to rural China for the first time in 18 years, Eng and his father retrace the perilous steps his father chanced in search of a better life. Eng’s father reflects, “In 1966, everyone wanted to go to the U.S. People were starving.” His father was one of thousands to make the journey. The broadcast will be followed by 90 days of free streaming.
In the forests of Oregon's Cascade Mountains, bustling camps of migrant workers hunt the elusive matsutake mushroom. Here, Kouy Loch, a 46-year-old former platoon leader of Cambodia’s Khmer Freedom Fighters crosses paths with Roger Higgins, an ailing 75-year-old sniper formerly with the U.S. Special Forces in Vietnam. The unlikely pair find more than just mushrooms in the woods; they create a familial bond and a means to slowly heal the wounds of war. Told over the course of one matsutake mushroom season, THE LAST SEASON illuminates the delicate balance of nature to render a moving portrait of love and the cycle of life. The broadcast will be followed by 90 days of free streaming.
About AMERICA REFRAMED
AMERICA REFRAMED is a co-production of the WORLD Channel and American Documentary, Inc.
Season four of AMERICA REFRAMED curates a diverse selection of films highlighting innovative and artistic approaches to storytelling from emerging and veteran filmmakers alike. Viewers will be immersed in personal stories from the streets of towns big and small to the exurbs and country roads that span the spectrum of American life. The documentaries invite audiences to reflect on topics as varied as culture, healthcare, politics, gun violence, religion and more. Several episodes feature a roundtable discussion moderated by host Natasha Del Toro with special guest commentators and filmmakers.
In 2015, AMERICA REFRAMED won a GRACIE Outstanding Series award, and was nominated for an EMMY award as well as an Independent Documentary Association award for best curated series. In its first season, AMERICA REFRAMED received five 2013 CINE Golden Eagle Awards, and one Imagen Awards nomination.