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


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Tsang wanted the film to have a mood similar to a Keith Jarrett's solo jazz piano concert. See more »

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Extraordinary Documentary about Family
14 May 2016 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

An avid documentary watcher, I've enjoyed numerous first-person docs that uncover the inner workings of family life, from any of Ross McElwee's to Nathaniel Kahn's My Father My Architect. REUNIFICATION takes its place alongside those films. It is a rare in-depth look at the emotional, logistical,cultural, social and economic realities of a family resettling in what they hope will be a better life.

The footage is startling personal, capturing the private moments that so many of us wished we had a camera for. Splaying out the realities of his family's story, Tsang also brings a wry and intelligent humor that is so critical when revealing secrets and past events never spoken about.

I watch documentaries and films to learn my own secrets and remember I share the same bewildering challenges when it comes to family. Watching REUNIFICATION, a beautifully made doc, truly fulfilled that promise.


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