DALLAS, TX – On Sunday, October 4th Dallas based non-profit ATG Against the Grain Productions is honored to present Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam during the 10th Annual DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival (DC APA). The award-winning documentary described as “Amazing…compelling and hard hitting,” by Bolsavik.com screens at 12 noon at the Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art located at 12th & Jefferson Drive in Washington, DC. Adoptee cast members Jared Rehberg and Tara Leaman will be in attendance for the Q&A.
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.
Tad Doyle, Director of Programming for the DC Asian Pacific American Film, said “Operation Babylift reveals the human consequences of conflict and the sometimes tragic choices forced upon families and individuals. Through incisive interviews and archival footage, the history of this airlift and its aftermath are presented in complex, rich detail. The DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival is proud to present this little known story of survival and hope.”
Producer/Director Tammy Nguyen Lee, a graduate from UCLA’s Producers Program, adds, “It is an honor to screen at the Smithsonian. We are excited to be included in this year’s DC APA 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 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 visit www.AgainstTheGrainProductions.com.
Tickets and show times to the screening are available at http://www.apafilm.org/festival-2009/tickets/.