Reflecting for 17 years on his family's immigration legacy, the filmmaker confronts the delicate images of a once intact family.

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Between faded family photographs, old video footage, and interviews collected through the years, Alvin Tsang's REUNIFICATION bears the look and feel of a documentary that's taken decades to produce. Perhaps it required all that time for Tsang to fully process his family's history and confront his own emotionally turbulent upbringing. For the audience though, that passing of time is key to the film's powerful portrayal of tireless emotional reconciliation. When his mother and two siblings first immigrated from Hong Kong to Los Angeles in the early 1980s, six-year-old Alvin was forced to stay behind with his working, and consequently absent, father. Spending the following three years often alone in an empty apartment, he longed for his family's reunification. However, upon Alvin and his father's arrival to America, that dream was utterly and permanently shattered under circumstances the filmmaker has yet to fully comprehend to this day. REUNIFICATION is Tsang's self-reflexive ... Written by Brandon Yu

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Reflecting for 17 years on his family's immigration legacy, the filmmaker confronts the delicate images of a once intact family.


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Began shortly after college graduation, the film took seventeen years to complete. See more »

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An intimate, universal family story
8 May 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Reunification is a universal story about family, migration, and generations. Alvin Tsang's quest to put together the mystery of his childhood--why his parents split, why they moved to America--more than a decade later strikes a chord in everyone. Whether you are also a first generation American, have family members who don't like to talk about the past, or have divorced parents, you'll find a piece of yourself in Tsang's journey.

The somewhat experimental style of the film, which seeks not only to solve the mysteries of the past but to also splice back together his parents--even if just on screen--makes it all the more touching. Everyone uses the tools that they have to try to make sense of their lives, but it is rare that other people have the opportunity to get such an intimate look at that pursuit.


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