Asia Society Screening of ‘Owl and the Sparrow’
Event: Film Screening By Asia Society Texas Center
Venue: Angelika Film Center
Date: October 30, 2008
This was the second in the Vietnamese American Experience Series. Feature film and dialogue with the director Stephane Gauger from ‘Owl and the Sparrow’ was organized by the Asia Society Texas Center at the Angelika Film Center on Thusday October 30, 2008.
Gauger’s Vietnamese film with English subtitles was an enchanting story of a ten year old Thuy, who runs away to the bustling modern-day city of Saigon to escape her bullying uncle. Orphaned and with only her dolls for friends, she starts to sell flowers on the streets, where eight million people are trying to survive. When she meets Lan, a beautiful lonely flight attendant, and Hai, a zoo keeper who turns to his elephant for comfort after his fiancée has left him, the young runaway tries to play matchmaker to her two new friends in the hopes of forming a surrogate family. Only two things stand in her way – the city authorities who want her in an orphanage and the overbearing uncle who comes to the city to track her down.
Creative Voices, Creative Minds is a program series developed by Asia Society Texas Center to celebrate the cultural and artistic contributions of Vietnamese Americans.