Steve Y. Thao, Executive Director of CHAT
WBCA is excited to partner with the Center for Hmong Arts and Talent (CHAT) to present this series of films by Hmong filmmakers, made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. These evenings will include appetizers prior to each film and a discussion afterwards. All films are in Hmong, two with English subtitles (see below).
Choua Thao’s film Nkauj Noog Txoj Kev Hlub tells a tragic love story between a man and a woman who live in two very different worlds.
CLASS ID: 5N05
Date/Time: Saturday, February 18, 4:00-7:00 PM
Bryan Vue’s award-winning film Journey to the Fallen Skies is about a young Hmong-American man who travels back to Thailand to find redemption and pay tribute to his late father. English subtitles.
CLASS ID: 5N06
Date/Time: Saturday, February 25, 4:00-7:00 PM
Kang Vang’s 1985 is a coming-of-age story that follows four friends in the summer of 1985 who venture out on a perilous journey to find a mythical dragon dwelling in a mysterious and forgotten lake somewhere in the great wilderness of… Minnesota? English subtitles.
CLASS ID: 5N07
Date/Time: Saturday, March 4, 4:00-7:00 PM
Chou Xiong’s film The Crush is a comedy/horror film about two people who have a crush on each other trying to express their feelings and the crazy things that happen to them during their journey.
CLASS ID: 5N08
Date/Time: Saturday, March 18, 4:00-7:00 PM
Moua Lee’s Paj Nyiag Txoj Hmoo is a film about faith and delves into gender inequities in the Hmong community. It tells the struggle of a young woman who suffers through life after her mother dies and her father marries a second wife and abandons her.
CLASS ID: 5N09
Date/Time: Saturday, April 1, 4:00-7:00 PM
Lee Xiong is a self-taught filmmaker. Her film Hlub Ti Ntuj Ntxub Ti Txha is set in Thailand and examines the complex dynamics of Hmong lives in the old country.
CLASS ID: 5N10
Date/Time: Saturday, April 22, 4:00-7:00 PM
The final session in the series will include several short films by local Twin Cities Hmong filmmakers.
CLASS ID: 5N11
Date/Time: Saturday, April 29, 4:00-7:00 PM
Tuition: FREE with registration
Age: All Ages (with Parental Guidance)