Austin Asian American Film Festival


Directed by Tim Tsai

USA, 2019, 1h 5min, English, Vietnamese

Austin Asian American Film Festival

There are no current or future screenings planned for this film.

Against the backdrop of the Vietnam war, the town of Seadrift, TX find themselves the new home of Vietnamese refugees seeking shelter from their war-torn homeland. Seadrift being a primarily shrimping community along the Gulf Coast, the Vietnamese are soon employed in the business, unfortunately clashing with the long established residents. Tensions mount as both sides jostle for territorial rights on the water and people begin to arm themselves in response to the escalating seriousness of harassments. The built-up anger all comes to a head in August 1979 when 20-year-old Sau Van Nguyen shoots and kills 35-year-old Billy Joe Aplin, setting off a chain of events that toss the relatively unknown town into the national spotlight. As hostilities against the Vietnamese grow to the point of attracting the attention of the KKK, the residents of Seadrift are left to find how to reconcile their way of life with the multitude of outside forces. Yuxi Lai, Programmer

“Salient and universal… an insightful fable for our own troubling times.– Nina Li Coomes, Chicago Times

“Tense and timely.”– Clifford Pugh, Houston Chronicle

Student Admission: $9 – To receive your student discount you must purchase tickets at the box office and show your student ID.

AFS Members receive $2 off.

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