At the 2013 Outfest Fusion LGBT People of Color Festival one film stood out for me in particular – a short film called Uncle and Son (Hai Chú Cháu) directed by Dinh Anh Nguyen. The film is a Vietnamese fable brought to life and asks a very important question: Do you put your family’s needs above your own?
Uncle Lua takes care of his nephew, Hung after his parents abandon him. They live in a small village full of vicious gossips who discriminate against Uncle Lua because he’s gay. Lua dreams of the day when he will be reunited with his lover. But who will take care of Hung?
As a Filipina-American, I was brought up with a very strong sense of family obligation. I was taught to put the needs of my family above my own dreams. I often felt stifled and trapped like the Uncle Lua.
I love the film’s lyricism and it’s quiet beauty that belies so much emotion.