American-Vietnamese makes short film on racism

By Ha Thu   October 15, 2021 | 07:42 pm PT
Phuong Vo has made a short film titled ‘Centuries And Still’ on the subject of racism and anti-Asian racism and violence in America.

The 30-year-old producer said that since the Covid-19 outbreak began, people of Asian descent in the U.S. have faced more severe discrimination than ever since they are considered to be the cause of the virus.

Once, she was supporting a film crew in Times Square, New York, when a maskless white man shouted at her to "Go back to where you came from".

There have been many attacks on Asians, culminating in a shooting that left six Asians dead in Atlanta in March.

"Centuries And Still" trailer. Video courtesy of Phuong Vo

Frustrated with the issue 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 many artists of Asian origin to participate, each drawing one or two illustrative scenes. ‘Centuries And Still’ is thus a collaboration between the artistic styles of many people.

After the film’s completion, the team was supported by a platform provider in the U.S. and non-profit organizations such as MekongNYC, Asian American Writers' Workshop, Asian American Arts Alliance, and others to promote it.

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

Film producer Phuong Vo. Photo courtesy of the artist

Film producer Phuong Vo. Photo courtesy of the artist

Phuong arrived in the U.S. in 2013 and works as an independent film producer.

She is currently developing another short film on sexism.

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

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