Leaving is not the same as forgetting…

When does experience end? When does reflection begin? Until a people can reflect on where they’ve been, they will spend all of time searching for where they are. This is the Hmong refugee experience, reflected and refracted in the scope of a lyric documentary by Kao Kalia Yang, writer, and John O’Brien, filmmaker. Funded by the MN State Arts Board and sponsored by the Center for Hmong Studies, this work is dedicated to the Hmong people who lived in the refugee camps of Thailand. Ban Vinai Refugee Camp, like camps the world over, was never meant to last, but in the memories of those who lived there, those who loved there, those who found in that transient space a place for belonging, the camp will always be.

*This DVD is available for purchase for $13 (includes shipping and handling fees).  Click below to order.


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