Directed by Duc Nguyen
In 2005, a spark of hope came when the U.S. immigration officials returned to Manila to review the cases of over 2000 Vietnamese refugees who spent over 17 years in the Philippines waiting for resettlement. Nervously waiting for a judgment day, they hung on the hope of finding a home.
Co-Presented by: Adult Asian Adoptees of Washington
Post Screening Panelists:
Duc Nguyen, Director, Stateless
Beth Kopacz, Director, Who is Park Joo Young?
Duc Nguyen has worked for over 10 years in the entertainment and television industries in Hollywood. An eager traveler, he has done video documentary work in Vietnam, Cuba, the Andes Mountains and in the Amazon River, South America. In 2001, he produced a short documentary film, Mediated Reality, which examined the tug-of-war between the U.S. and Cuba over 6-year-old Elian Gonzalez. In 2007, he directed and produced Bolinao 52, a documentary about Vietnamese boat people which later won 2 Northern California Regional Emmy Awards in 2009 for Outstanding Achievement in Documentary and Outstanding Music Composition. Stateless is his second feature documentary.
Beth Kopacz / Short Film / USA / 2014 / Documentary / 15 minsThe unexpected results of a DNA test cause Korean adoptee Robyn Schultz to reconsider the meaning of family, belonging, and reunion. Robyn's larger struggle to find her birth family speaks to the complexity of issues surrounding transnational adoption and definitions of kinship.