On TV: FAR EAST DEEP SOUTH

Coming to The WORLD Channel’s America ReFramed tomorrow, Tuesday, May 4:
FAR EAST DEEP SOUTH

Director:
Larissa Lam

World Premiere:
Cinequest 2020

Select Festivals:
NY Asian American, CAAMFest, LA Asian Pacific, Philadelphia Asian American, Newport Beach, Rocky Mountain Women’s, Oxford, Women Texas, Southern Circuit

About:
A Chinese American family travels from San Francisco to Mississippi in search of their roots in the US.

In search of the grave of his father, KC Lou, Charles Chiu and his family travel from their home in San Francisco to Cleveland MS. Charles’ sons, Edwin and Baldwin, the latter this film’s producer, never took much interest in their family background before, but are surprised to learn of deep, generational connections to the American South, and how this story ties into exclusionary immigration laws that left a lasting mark on their father. While there are some affecting moments, and the shameful history of the Chinese Exclusion Act deserves further exploration, the film feels too personal and is unfortunately technically deficient to a distracting degree, with a sentimental, overly used score, amateur looking titled chapters, and an over-reliance on talking heads.

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