Journey of a Paper Son

Journey of a Paper Son

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Journey of a Paper Son
 

In the award-winning short film, "Journey of a Paper Son," an elderly Chinese man (Jack Ong), who's dying from cancer, shocks his family when he reveals that he's a "paper son" (one who illegally immigrated to the U.S., using fake documents and claiming he's the son of an American citizen) and asks them for a final wish to change back his name.

His request threatens to tear apart his family (Patty Toy Chung, Angelina Cheng, Teddy Chen Culver), testing the limits of their love. He forces them to question who he really is and even their own identities. Meanwhile, his doctor (Mario Cortez) desperately tries to save him.

We discover that the dying man is just one of countless "paper sons" who were born from the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, the first federal law to restrict immigration to the U.S. based on race or nationality. Recently, the California legislature approved a landmark bill-ACR 42-on July 17, 2009 to apologize to the state's Chinese American community for racist laws, including the Chinese Exclusion Act.

"Journey of a Paper Son" won the prestigious Best Short Film Gold Angel Award at the Chinese American Film Festival and was an Official Selection of numerous film festivals, including the L.A. Shorts Fest, Big Island Film Festival, Napa Sonoma Wine Country Film Festival, Big Bear Lake International Film Festival, Eugene International Film Festival, Lake Arrowhead Film Festival, and Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival.



Awards:
Chinese American Film Festival 2010-Best Short Film Gold Angel Award
Yosemite Film Festival 2010-John Muir Award
Boulder Asian Film Festival Short Screenplay Competition 2006-Third Place

Film Festivals:
Big Bear Lake International Film Festival 2010
Big Island Film Festival 2010
Chinese American Film Festival 2010-Best Short Film Gold Angel Award
Downtown Boca Film Festival 2011 (formerly Delray Beach Film Festival)
Eugene International Film Festival 2010
Japanese American National Film Festival: ID Film Festival 2010
Lake Arrowhead Film Festival 2010
L.A. Shorts Fest 2010
Napa Sonoma Wine Country Film Festival 2010
Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival 2010
Philadelphia Independent Film Festival 2010
Santa Clarita Valley Film Festival 2010

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Format: DVD-R