A son’s journey to reclaim his heritage




Kevin is a filmmaker in his thirties who begins to film his mother, Tot, after a return to his homestate of Oregon. After filming her for ten years, Kevin begins to suss out the facts from the mythology in his family history -- aided through conversations with his two older sisters and his mother’s own readings of her book, which she wrote as a way to release the trauma she lived through as a young woman.

Through the process, Kevin begins to wonder about his father, whom still lives in Vietnam and whom Kevin has never met. As Kevin spends more time examining his family history, he’s forced to confront his own fraught relationship with his Asian American identity. This includes all the times he othered his own mother.

In an effort to better understand his heritage, Kevin takes a trip to Vietnam with his mother to meet the father he never knew and support his mother as she returns to place that caused her so much pain.

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