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Southeast Asian Tracks

Determination. Perseverance. Dedication. Survival. From child soldiers to factory workers, this collection of shorts uncovers the different tracks followed by those who contribute to the varied Southeast Asian experience.

This short film program is available internationally.

Q&A LIVE on 11/06 at 7:30 P.M. EST

In this program

Mama Yen

Directed by Jiale Hu

How a Vietnam War refugee has lost, found, and brought the taste of home for others in American Midwest.


Directed by Champ Ensminger

Ninlawan Pinyo is the matriarch of a Thai American family who hustled for her fortune by founding a naem (pork sausage) factory in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Journeys to Freedom: The Vietnamese Refugee Story

Directed by Melodee Mercer, Tom Daly

A view of the Vietnam War from the perspective of Vietnamese refugees who escaped by boat, giving up everything for freedom, with little to nothing in their pockets but hope. Their view of the war and the Vietnam Veterans will surprise many.

In This Land We’re Briefly Ghosts

Directed by Chen-Wen Lo

Myanmar, 2013. A 12-year-old Burmese child soldier, imprisoned for deserting battle, is forced to choose between killing her older brother, a fellow deserter, or dying alongside him. Based on actual events.