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, the documentary Seadrift examines the events leading up to the shooting and its dramatic aftermath, revealing the unexpected consequences that continue to reverberate today.
On DVD & VOS June 9
Slamdance 2019 - World Premiere
Dallas International Film Festival - Best Historical Film
LA Asian Pacific Film Festival - Grand Jury Award, North American Documentary
Austin Asian American Film Festival - Audience Award, Best Feature Documentary
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 Documentary
Rockport Film Festival - Best Feature Documentary
Seattle Asian American Film Festival - Opening Night Film

- Clifford Pugh, Houston Chronicle

"A powerful contemporary resonance simmers beneath the surface of this straightforward documentary. By not taking sides, the film promotes a worthwhile message of acceptance and reconciliation."
- Todd Jorgenson, D Magazine

"Tsai deftly coaxes stories from white and Vietnamese residents alike, teasing out themes of nationalism and unexpected forgiveness. Though the film ostensibly deals with an isolated incident in a tiny town that occurred 40 years ago, this story feels at once immediately salient and universal, as if an insightful fable for our own troubling times."
- Nina Li Coomes, Chicago Reader

A documentary directed by Tim Tsai
UPC: 7-20229-91801-5 |
Catalog #: FRF 918015D | MSRP: $24.95
69 minutes, color, English & Vietnamese with English subtitles, 2019
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