OPERATION BABYLIFT to Screen at the 2009 Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival


2009 Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival

DALLAS, TX – On Saturday, October 10th, ATG Against the Grain Productions will screen Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam at the 2009 Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (PAAFF), which runs October 9 – 11.  The award-winning documentary described as “Amazing…compelling and hard hitting,” by Bolsavik.com shows at 2 PM in the Asian Arts Initiative (AAI) located at 1219 Vine Street in Chinatown, Philadelphia.

Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam tells the significant, yet untold story of the $2 million U.S. initiative that airlifted over 2,500 Vietnamese orphans out of a war-torn country from the impending threat of the Communist regime.  These adoptees grew up facing unique challenges in America, including prejudice overshadowed by a controversial war and cultural identity crisis.  Featuring compelling and insightful interviews of the volunteers, parents, and organizations directly involved, the documentary takes a contemporary look at Operation Babylift and its relevance to international adoption today.

“The Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival is proud to screen “Operation Babylift” by Tammy Nguyen Lee,” said Joe Kim, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival.  “The documentary is a moving and inspirational film that we are excited to be screening to a Philadelphia audience.”

Producer/Director Tammy Nguyen Lee, a graduate from UCLA’s Producers Program, adds, “We are excited to be included in this year’s Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival and look forward to the opportunity to bring this powerful story to a broader audience.”

Tammy Nguyen Lee fled Saigon with her mother more than 30 years ago.  A UCLA film major graduate, Lee founded Dallas based ATG Against the Grain Productions to promote Asian American cultural awareness through compelling media projects, while also raising funds for international orphanages.  For more information please visitwww.AgainstTheGrainProductions.com.

Tickets and show times to the screening are available at http://www.phillyasianfilmfest.org/.

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