American Sroksrei: American Rice Paddy

Produced by: 
Asian Arts Initiative (Pan-Asian Health Hahnemann Medical School Students)
Year: 
1999
Duration: 
00:15:00

Individual Film Price:

Higher Education Institutions & Government Agency DVD | $49.95
K-12 & Public Libraries DVD | $49.95
Home Video DVD License – Restrictions Apply | $20.00


 


Community Visions Compilation Price:

This video is available for purchase as part of a Community Visions Vol. 8 compilation DVD.

Higher Education Institutions & Government Agency DVD | $139.00
K-12 & Public Libraries DVD | $79.00
Home Video DVD License – Restrictions Apply | $20.00

 

 


Scribe Video Center Program:

The Community Visions program teaches documentary video-making skills to members of community organizations in Philadelphia, Chester and Camden (NJ). A powerful way to document community concerns, celebrate cultural diversity, and comment on the human condition, Community Visions is a part of Scribe’s mission to explore, develop and advance the use of video, film, audio and interactive technology as artistic tools and as tools for progressive social change.

 


Project Facilitators: Cindy Burstein and Tony Heriza

 


Film Summary:

Starting in February 1999, a total of 33 teens gathered on a weekly basis to script, shoot, and edit a 15-minute video addressing issues they decided were important in their lives. The dreams of Asian American teenagers, the expectations of immigrant parents, and the pull towards gang culture and violence are the themes of the resulting youth-produced narrative. The fictional story centers around three Asian-American teenagers their struggles and choices, set against the backdrop of life in Asian South Philadelphia and teen hip hop culture.
Rocc, played by Cham (Mopp) Mann, is torn between his former gang life and his bright girlfriend. Buffy, played by Den Trach, struggles with parental pressures while pursuing her dream of being a poet. In the middle is Azeil, portrayed by Phally Chroy, who turns to breakdancing as a source of self-expression and strength. Dramatic sequences are intertwined with interviews with these and other characters, climaxing with a party scene where each person is forced to make hard choices about their lives.

Phally Chroy, who graduated from Furness High School shortly after starring in American Sroksrei, is an immigrant who came to America as a baby after the end of the Vietnam War. He attended Temple University as an undergraduate in the Film and Media Arts program, and later applied to the MFA program to grow artistically as a filmmaker.

 


Press: 

November 10, 1999 | "It's Their Life," by Myung Oak Kim, Philadelphia Daily News

 


Public Screenings, Broadcasts and Festivals: 

5/6/2000 | University of Pennsylvania Law School Human Rights Panel (Philadelphia, PA)

5/6/2000 and 5/7/2000 | Street Movies! screenings at West Philadelphia Community Center and Clark Park respectively (Philadelphia, PA)

5/4/2000 | Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema (Philadelphia, PA)

2001 | Prince Music Theater's Youth Media Jam (Philadelphia, PA)

2001 | Chicago Asian American Showcase (Chicago, IL)