The Search/Giap's Last Day (Double Feature w/Q&A)
Featuring a Q&A with the directors of both short films!
The Search, directed by Melina Tupa:
Estela de Carlotto has looked for her grandson for 37 years. Laura, her daughter, was abducted and taken to a secret detention center in 1977 during the Argentinean Dirty War. She was then tortured and killed. She was pregnant with a boy: Guido.
In 1979, Carlotto became a member and then President of the Association of Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, an organization that has worked relentlessly to find the 500 children that were either kidnapped or seized from women in detention during the military dictatorship. The documentary follows Carlotto’s long-life mission to help others find their lost family members as she searches for her own grandson.
Giap’s Last Day at the Ironing Board Factory, directed by Tony Nguyen:
Giap Thi Nguyen was 29 when a Catholic group sponsored her resettlement in a small town in Indiana. She spoke no English and was seven months pregnant with no husband. She worked on an assembly line – clocking in at 6:30 am, operating a 250-ton press, making ironing boards, one of the few household items still “Made in the U.S.A.”
35 years later, Giap can finally retire. Tony, her aspiring documentary filmmaker son living in Oakland, California comes home to film her last day on the job. He uses the opportunity to ask her all the questions she was too tired, too busy or unwilling to answer when he was a child.
This documentary follows Tony on a painful, but loving and sometimes funny journey. It explores the refugee experience, the communication gulf between parent and child, and how racism shapes the Asian American experience. Along the way we also learn how to make ironing boards, Vietnamese spring rolls and banh xeo.