Texas Tech’s Vietnam Center Hosts Film Festival

Join the Vietnam Center and University Libraries for the third annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Film Festival April 6-13.

Written by Jaryn Jones

Texas Tech’s Vietnam Center and Archive and Texas Tech University Libraries will sponsor the third annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Film Festival April 6-13. This year’s festival will feature the following four films:

  • “Green Dragon” – 3:15 p.m. April 6 and 7 p.m. April 12

This film depicts a Marine Corps Base in Southern California that becomes home to thousands of Vietnamese refugees after the Fall of Saigon.

  • “Rashōmon” – 7 p.m. April 6 and 3:15 p.m. April 7

This film tells the story of the rape of a woman and the murder of her samurai husband through four different perspectives. Its director, Akira Kurosawa, was named “Asian of the Century” by “AsianWeek” magazine and CNN in the arts, literature and culture category after his death in 1998.

  • “The Toll of the Sea” – 7 p.m. April 7 and 3:15 p.m. April 13

“The Toll of the Sea” is a silent film based on the plot of “Madame Butterfly” but set in Hong Kong.

“Kim’s Story: The Road from Vietnam” – 3:15 p.m. April 12 and  7 p.m. April 13

This documentary follows the life story of Kim Phuc, known to most as “the girl in the picture.” Kim was photographed after being severely burned after a napalm strike on her village and is now an iconic symbol of the horrors of the Vietnam War.

All film showings will be held in the Formby Room of the Southwest Collections Library and are free and open to the public. For more information about the films being featured visit www.vietnam.ttu.edu/2011filmfestival.

CONTACT: Ann Mallett, archivist, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-9010 or ann.mallett@ttu.edu.