WITNESSES TO A SECRET WAR tells the history of America’s clandestine war in Laos through the stories of the Hmong soldiers who fought alongside the Central Intelligence Agency and were forced to flee when the war was lost to the Communists in 1975.
Artist Cy Thao and refugee advocate KaYing Yang were young children when they fled Laos with their families and came to the United States. Like exiles everywhere, they feel compelled to understand their past. Through disarmingly naïve paintings, Cy depicts the violence against the Hmong that followed the Communist takeover. KaYing has dedicated her life to helping refugees, like the Xiong family, who have been living in refugee camps in Thailand for the past 30 years. While Cy and KaYing look to the past, WITNESSES TO A SECRET WAR follows the Xiong family who are only now, 30 years later, leaving refugee life to make a new life in America.
This is the story of the Hmong people — who against all odds, survived a collision between personal history and the history of American politics in Southeast Asia.
Witnesses to a Secret War was directed by MFA SocDoc directing faculty member Deborah Dickson and will air on select PBS stations this summer.
DATE: June 2, 2009
LOCATION: Visual Arts Theater – 333 West 23rd Street
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