Indochina: Traces of a Mother - Screening and Q+A in Conversation Director Idrissou Mora-Kpai

March 30, 2017 - 6:00pm

Short:  "It Should Feel Like Home"

Film Studies alum Mark Janavel visits to present his short documentary interviewing homeless LGBT folks in Pittsburgh specifically about their conditions in shelters, why they chose to leave shelters, or what issues they had with shelters. The project was made with a grant from the Delta foundation and made to be shown to shelters in an effort to mend these issues.

Featured film:  Indochina: Traces of a Mother

Followed by Q+A with the driector, Idrissou Mora-Kpai

Between 1946 and 1954, over 60,000 African soldiers were enlisted to fight the Viet Minh. Pitted against one another by circumstances, these two colonised peoples came into contact and a number of African soldiers took Vietnamese women as wives. Out of these unions, numerous mixed-race children were born. At the end of the war, the colonial army ordered that all the black children be repatriated to Africa, officially to protect them from the Viet Minh. While some children left with their mothers and fathers, others were taken away by their fathers, leaving their mothers behind. Abandoned in orphanages, those that had neither mother nor father were put up for mass adoption by African officers, as was the case with Christophe. By encouraging him to undertake a journey into his own past, the film opens a little-known chapter of the Indochina war.

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Co-sponsored by the Film Studies Program, Department of English, Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Dean's Office, and the Year of Diversity at the University of Pittsburgh.


Location and Address

407 Cathedral of Learning