“1985” – The Movie

Director Kang Vang (Team Chow Fa Production -Tou and Mai, Fallen City) will be releasing his latest film, 1985, later this year with the help from everyone.

"1985" is an romantic comedy that follows the adventure of couple Hmong teens in 1985. You will laugh, cry, but most of all, learn about how life was like growing up in 1985........oh, did I forget to mention a mysterious dragon too?

Consider donating to the projects at indiegogo here.

10% of the revenue generated from the first year of ticket sales will be up for grabs to a filmmaker through a competition as seed investment money for a new film starring or about Hmong people!

Director Kang Vang,
"I am a Hmong American Twin Cities-based filmmaker who was born in a refugee camp in Thailand, and came to the US in 1981. I have completed 5 feature length films, a handful of shorts, educational videos, commercials and music videos. I have also taught media production in both Saint Paul and Minneapolis for over 10 years.
The year 1985 marked the 10 year anniversary of the fall of Laos to Communism, and thus the mass exodus of the Hmong to neighboring countries like Thailand, Vietnam, Burma, and eventually all over the world, including here to the United States.

This film is a reflection of many childhoods coming from a war torn country into a strange land, struggling to just survive, and somehow finding a way to thrive... all while going through the pangs and the tribulations of growing up.

My hope is that the legacy of this film will showcase who the Hmong are, where we came from, and how we got here."

Piracy and Bootlegged Hmong Films

 

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Vang, " The sad truth is that Hmong movies are being boot legged and sold all over Asia."

Everyday, hustlers lugging bags full of bootlegged movies walk the streets of every major cities in the world. You can find bootlegged movies from around the world (including Hmong films) at every Hmong vendors throughout the country. Bootleggers have little to fear because it's so hard to track them down. In recently years, people who were caught videotaping a movie in a theater face a maximum fine of $250. That fine is now $100,000 with a year prison time depending on the extend of the crime. 

What Happens to People Who gets Caught in USA!

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Piracy and bootlegged movies is an enormous threat to filmmakers and movie theaters throughout the world. You are taking someone's hard work and selling it as yours. So what happens if one gets caught. The punishments are severe and depending on the extend of the crime, you can face years in prison. Downloading or uploading movies without the owner's consent is punishable by law up to one year of imprisonment and a fine up to $100,000. If you are charged with a felony, the punishment is up to 5 years of imprisonment and a fine up to $250,000. The fine can double depending on the amount of pirating.

 

 

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  AlanS. "Federal Penlties for Downloading Pirate Movies."EHow. Demand Media, 27 Jan 201o. Thurs 18. Feb.2016.

Kai-Lung, Hui, Dr. "COUNTERFEITING AND PIRACY:WIPO/OECD EXPERT MEETING ON MEASUREMENT AND STATISTICAL ISSUES." OEGD (2005):n. pag. WIPO. National University of Singapore, 18 Oct. 2005. Thurs 18. Feb.2016.

Director Moua Lee talks Changes in Hmong Films

Hidden Wrath

Director Moua Lee (Golden Path Entertainment) will be speaking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison about the changes in Hmong American Films. There will also be a screening of Moua Lee's latest film, Hidden Wrath, during the presentation. 

HMONG AMERICAN FILMMAKERS

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

4:00 pm - Changes in Hmong American Filmmaking

5:00 pm - Screening of Hidden Wrath (Thai dialog with English subtitles)

Room 206, Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive, UW-Madison

 Presented by

The Hmong Studies Consortium, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, UW-Madison

Co-Sponsored by the Hmong American Student Association (HASA) and the Asian American Studies Program

Moua Lee is considered by many as one of the best director to come out of the Hmong community. Some of his noticeable work include Paj Nyiag Txoj Hmoo, Kuv Leej Niam, and Koj Muaj Kuv Pluag.

Tshaj Lij Donates $500 to Hmong Culture

Tshaj Lij Production promised to donate a portion of their earning from “The Crush” to Pahuah Institute.

On February 1, Tshaj Lij did exactly what was promised. They donated $500 to Pahuah Institute to preserve the Hmong language developed by Shong Lue Yang (Soob Lwj Yaj 1959).

niamntawv_penwShong Lue Yang was born on September 15, 1929 near the city of Nong Het, Laos. In 1959, Yang started to have visions of a two male twins who taught him Pahuah. The twins instructed him to teach the script to the Hmong and Khmu people after he had graduated. He assumed the title “Savior of the Common People” and started teaching the language and his message across Laos. He believed that anyone who accepted the language will flourish and escape hardship. Shong Lue Yang was assassinated by Nos Toom Yang in 1971.

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Pahuah Institute, On behalf of Pahauh Institute, we would like to give a big thanks to HMONG American Movies/ Tshajlij Production for their generosity in their donation to help preserve the Hmong writing system and for the younger Hmong generation to learn.

Pahuah Institute is located in St. Paul, MN. They offer a variety of classes according to levels of the language. Their classes are in session currently. Contact them for more information.

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With Hmong filmmakers always falling and stumbling along trying to catch up with the rest of the world, they forget to embrace our culture sometimes, especially, when they have the power to shine light on certain topics and stigma. It doesn’t always have to be financial. It can a short film or a documentary to preserve our short time here. Something that is written by us to be put into history instead of letting others write our stories for us. Sadly, the Hmong film Industry, (every country that Hmong films emerged out of), has been disappointing lately. All we see now are films of people yelling and kicking buckets to make a couple of bucks. Or cheating on their wife (vies) and perpetuating more Hmong stereotypes. Hmong American filmmakers have the biggest platform to stand on. But somehow, the stage isn’t big enough for them. They fight over pity projects for “fame” and “money”. If you can’t stand on the platform properly without fighting like children than don’t expect any “fame” from the people. The community can see right through all your makeup. For those who believe Hmong film should be more “Americanize,” I agree to an extent. Yes, Hmong filmmakers need to pick better techniques to improve. However to indicated that Hmong film should be “Americanize” as to become like them, I say “Get your head out of your behind.”  A Hmong film will and should be never be like an American film. Just like Bollywood films, it will change and improve but it will always have its roots of Indian custom of filming. Just like K-drama, they will adjust due to audiences but they will always be K-drama. They don’t change who they are. They adapt and improve. For one to say that we should throw away what makes us unique from the rest of the world is for us to cut off our own head. Embrace our beautiful culture and bring it into the light and let it shine is what we need. The only way to save our industry is to improve our films, not change it.

12122629_10207944475677572_8024463769873423073_nMoua Lee (Golden Path Entertainment) put together a short documentary ”Hmong Story 40 ” to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Hmong in the United States. A very simple, yet beautiful short documentary to help promote the Hmong community is all it takes to slowly regain the trust of the community in Hmong Films.

12140714_600530586361_2533494676010018410_nMong Bros Pictures brought tujlub “spin tops” into the light with Tub Ntsuj Tuj Lub. Slowly embracing Hmong culture will gain you a fan base.

 

 

12645104_10205829176472843_3205679889922760326_nHoua Production creating school drives and Christmas give away; it was very generous of them. With production like these who are willing to make a change to improve and get the community behind them, I see great success in their future.

 

There are still many more honorable mention that we did not listed but the ideas here is to learn to embrace your culture and improve in order for us to grow and flourish.