In 1979, the fatal shooting of a white crabber in a Texas fishing village ignites a maelstrom of hostilities against Vietnamese refugee communities along the Gulf Coast.
- Clifford Pugh, Houston Chronicle
In 1979, a Vietnamese refugee shoots and kills a white crab fisherman at the public town docks in Seadrift, TX. What began as a dispute over fishing territory erupts into violence and ignites a maelstrom of boat burnings, KKK intimidation, and other hostilities against refugees along the Gulf Coast.

Taking place after the Fall of Saigon, when hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese nationals desperately fled the communist takeover of their home country, Seadrift examines the events leading up to the shooting and its dramatic aftermath, revealing the unexpected consequences that continue to reverberate today.
"Director Tim Tsai deftly coaxes stories from white and Vietnamese residents alike, teasing out themes of nationalism and unexpected forgiveness.
The story feels at once immediately salient and universal, as if an insightful fable for our own troubling times.
- Nina Li Coomes, Chicago Reader

"A powerful contemporary resonance simmers beneath the surface of this straightforward documentary."
- Todd Jorgenson, D Magazine
Awards & Honors for Seadrift

Slamdance 2019 - World Premiere

Dallas International Film Festival - Best Historical Film

LA Asian Pacific Film Festival - Grand Jury Award, North American Doc

Austin Asian American Film Festival - Audience Award, Best Feature Doc

Houston AAPI Film Festival - Judge's Award, Best Feature Documentary

Viet Film Fest - Spotlight Award

Indie & Foreign Film Festival - Best Feature Documentary

Boston Asian American Film Festival - Audience Award, Best Feature Doc

Rockport Film Festival - Best Feature Documentary

Seattle Asian American Film Festival - Opening Night Film

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