Documentary | 1995 | 20 mins | VHS
M. Trinh Nguyen
New Immigrants and Refugees (Past & Present), Personal Stories, Return Visit/Roots
While on a ritual pedicab (xích-lô) ride through Ho Chi Minh City, a Vietnamese American woman weighs personal revolution and “tribe-quests” against her father’s role in the war, displacement and bonds of humanity. Likening her shifting realities to a “180-degree turn without stopping,” Nguyen relates a fresh perspective about the war through 8mm home movies, meditations on mass culture and lucid commentary on a family legacy haunted by death and destruction. XICH-LO is beautifully rendered and is highly recommended for interdisciplinary studies that include discussions on socioeconomic class and gender.
“The film allows the viewer to see Trinh Nguyen’s attempts to reconcile the two cultures existing with her.”
- Vietnamese Language Weekly
National PBS Broadcast, POV Series
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