A Vietnamese family attempts to resolve its divided past when three brothers, one capitalist, one communist, one anti-war, who fought against each other in the Vietnam War meet again after decades and confront their differences. Meanwhile, two first-generation Vietnamese American sisters try to reconcile a difficult past that altered the course of their lives.
At the Association of Asian American Studies annual conference this past spring, I had a chance to preview a remarkable film, SENTENCED HOME, co-produced, directed, and written by Nicole Newnham and David Grabias. Like other viewers, I was struck by the power of this film to put a human face on a critical problem facing immigrant and refugee communities today—forcible deportation. Since 2001, over 1.5 million U.S. residents have been deported, many for minor felonies or misdemeanors. Deportation has not been limited to undocumented “aliens,” but has also targeted permanent residents.