February 15, 2016 | 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Kellogg Center Auditorium, 219 South Harrison Road, East Lansing MI
Film screening followed by discussion and remarks by guest speaker Dr. Panivong Norindr and director Safoi Babana-Hampton. Free and open to the public.
The Department of Romance and Classical Studies, The Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, The College of Arts and Letters, Asian Studies Center, The Department of English, Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities.
Dr. Panivong Norindr’s public talk:
“The documentary draws from a large archive of sources and materials, shards of history that give substance to their stories and experiences—like the rarely seen CIA film footage, family photographs, maps, war memorials, official army citations, royal ordinances and commendations, that must find their proper place as valid documents in the writing of history. The haunting score composed by Marjam Helms accompanies and punctuates these testimonials to highlight the emotive force of sorrow or hope of the event captured on film. Image and sound work together to provide a coherent narrative of the story of individuals who are no longer object of the spectator’s gaze but have become historical subjects, agent of their own destiny. The story of the Lee family’s flight from Laos to Thailand, France, and finally the United States, is both singular and exemplary, as well as part of a larger collective history of the Hmong who fought over three decades, the Pathet Lao, the Vietminh, and the Vietcong, during the Indochina War and the not-so secret Secret War, and resettled throughout the world.”