My Life in ChinaHD
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About the Movie
My father fled the Cultural Revolution in 1966. After risking his life to get to America, he started a family in Boston. When his restaurant went bankrupt and my mom got sick, he began to feel like he’d failed at the American Dream. A story of migration is passed down from father to son, as we retrace the precarious steps he took in search of a better life. Ultimately asking the question, what does it mean to be both Chinese and American?
Such a moving verite style documentary! Puts you in the filmmaker's shoes!
A moving journey into the director's heritage
I watched this during a plane ride and I cried for like half the movie. If you're an immigrant, or diasporic Chinese, especially Toisan (台山人), this may make you feel the feels.
As a Cantonese kid separated from my culture by several emigrations, languages, and cultures, it was both painful and uplifting to live vicariously through Kenny on his journey to 台山 with his father. Even just hearing them speak was emotional for me.
I learned a lot from this film, and I feel a lot less alone now. Watch this if you can.
Rare to see a story of this nature that delves into personal history and memory. Enjoyed it and it brought tears to my eyes.