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"The Resting Place" screening at VIET FILM FEST 2023

In Santa Ana, CA and virtually: Viet Film Fest

Sept. 30-Oct. 15, 2023.

"The Resting Place" short documentary 

Director Kate Drazner-Hoyt, Hallie Harper

Producer: Tina Huynh, Greg Youtz, Theresa Pan-Hosly

“The Resting Place” tells the story of how the Vietnamese community in Tacoma came together to establish a shared cemetery to honor members who have passed. This project began as an effort to provide services to those without the means for a proper burial. Through the establishment of the Vietnamese Community for Mutual Support of Pierce County, Washington, leaders in the community partnered with a local cemetery to honor the important passage from life to death.

“The Resting Place” is one installment in the Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation’s “Our Communities, Our Neighbors” film series. CRPF is working with cultural communities in Tacoma to create short films that tell stories about these communities, shaped through active participation by community members. This project series is funded by the Tacoma Creates project, a voter-approved initiative to increase access to arts, culture, heritage, and science experiences throughout Tacoma. The final videos for “Our Communities, Our Neighbors” will be free and available online as educational resources.


October 3rd, 2023 – Santa Ana, CA – The Vietnamese American Arts and Letters Association (VAALA) is proud to officially kick off Viet Film Fest (VFF), bringing together filmmakers and community members to celebrate the largest Vietnamese film festival in the diaspora. The 20th anniversary of Viet Film Fest promises an exciting lineup of films, panels, and cultural events that will captivate audiences virtually from September 30th to October 15th, and in-person at The Frida Cinema in Downtown Santa Ana from Friday, October 6th & Saturday, October 7th.

"Scent of Memories" by Erin Guinup. Celebrating the Việt Hương Community Garden and its community gardeners, many of whom are refugees, in Tacoma, WA. January 2021. Tacoma Refugee Choir at Schneebeck Hall, University of Puget Sound.

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