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AAAFF Winter Showcase: Origin Story

  • AFS Cinema 6406 N IH-35 Suite 3100, Austin, Texas 78752 (map)

USA | Documentary | 106 min | English, Lao

Director Kulap Vilaysack in attendance for a post-film Q&A!

In the search for her biological father, comedian-writer-podcaster Kulap Vilaysack (BAJILLION DOLLAR PROPERTIE$, WHO CHARTED?) turns the camera on herself in an emotional quest of self-discovery. Vilaysack confronts a complicated family history that looks back into her parents’ survival during the Secret War in Laos and their immigration to the United States. She revisits her childhood in Minnesota and travels to Laos to find the biological father she never knew. Vilaysack described making ORIGIN STORY as “my way to break this cycle of trauma.” Marking her feature-length directorial debut, Vilaysack combines animation, family photos, and emotional conversations to create an intimate journey through memory, family, and Laotian American identity. Balancing humor with heartbreak, ORIGIN STORY invites viewers to take part in a tale that is both uniquely personal and universally human. (Daniel Mauro, Programmer)

In Competition, Feature Documentary | 2018 Bentonville Film Festival
Winner - Tiger Uncaged Audience Award | 2018 CAAMFest

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