By Tatiana Ho
Alvin Tsang’s film, Reunification, is made through a collection of family video footage, photographs and interviews. While the films is clearly vintage, it obtains a documentary like style, showing the careful production that it took to create the film. While the film is used as an informative and entertaining presentation for its audiences, it is said that Tsang utilized the video to confront his turbulent upbringing.
The film is used as a poetic version of self reflection, creating a beautiful masterpiece centering around forgiveness and acceptance for it’s viewers. The articulate narration represents all the emotions Tsang is going through and how he handles them in a manner that shows growth and maturity without an elaborate presentation. While used as a tool for acceptance, Tsang also educated his viewers on “Hong Kong’s colonial trajectories” while showing his viewers semblances of his past. At the end of the film, Tsang welcomes the only solution is the move on.
The film can be seen at City College and the Queens Library on May 6th and August 14. More information can be viewed on their website at http://reunificationthemovie.com/screenings/.