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AsiaLENS: AEMS Documentary & Independent Film Series - Witnesses to a Secret War

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Spurlock Museum, Knight Auditorium, 600 S. Gregory Street, Urbana, IL
Apr 9, 2013   7:00 pm  
Introduction and discussion by May Xiong (Curriculum & Instruction, College of Education).

Witnesses to a Secret War

Directed by Deborah Dickson. 2009. 56 minutes.

In English and Hmong.

Encore Screening:

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 7:00 pm

Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green Street, Urbana, IL


With first-hand accounts by CIA supported Hmong soldiers who fought, survived, and fled Laos when the Communists took over in 1975, along with personal stories of Hmong refugees residing in the United States, Witnesses to a Secret War brings greater awareness to a relatively unknown piece of American history.

In the film we meet members of families who were among the first to immigrate to the US, such as Minnesota State Representative Cy Thao whose artwork revisits the struggle of his people, and refugee advocate KaYing Yang who works in Thailand to help Hmong refugees remaining there after 30 years. Through their voices, and those of other witnesses compelled to understand their past, a story of betrayal, loss and survival unfolds.

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