Vietnamese American makes short film about racism


By Ha Thu October 16, 2021 | 10:42 am GMT + 7

Phuong Vo made a short film called “Centuries And Still” on the theme of anti-Asian racism, racism and violence in America.

The 30-year-old producer said that since the start of the Covid-19 epidemic, people of Asian descent in the United States have faced more severe discrimination than ever since they are believed to be the cause of the virus.

She was once supporting a film crew in Times Square, New York, when a white man without a mask shouted at her to “Go back to where you came from.”

There were numerous attacks on Asians, culminating in a shootout that killed six Asians in Atlanta in March.

“Centuries and Again” trailer. Video courtesy of Phuong Vo

Frustrated by the problem of racism, Phuong and director Sally Tran embarked on the non-profit film project in April.

They chose a visual art form to represent many related historical events. The team called on many artists of Asian origin, each drawing one or two illustrative scenes. ‘Centuries And Still’ is therefore a collaboration between the artistic styles of many people.

After the film was completed, the team was supported by a platform provider in the United States and by nonprofits such as MekongNYC, Asian American Writers’ Workshop, Asian American Arts Alliance, and others to promote it.

It will air on Vietnam Television’s VTV4 later this month.

Phuong Vo cinema producer.  Photo courtesy of the artist

Phuong Vo cinema producer. Photo courtesy of the artist

Phuong arrived in the United States in 2013 and works as an independent film producer.

She is currently developing another short film on sexism.

She also wishes to make films on traditional Vietnamese arts and cuisine and on painters Le Pho and To Ngoc Van.

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