an american family (2017)

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fiction // drama // HD video // 18 min 52 sec



Vignettes in a kitchen that belongs to a single mother, her teenage son and their pregnant tenant





Changing Perspectives International Film Festival – Istanbul, Turkey

Cinema Sisters International Film Festival – Wilmington, NC

Seattle Asian American Film Festival – Seattle, WA

Central Michigan International Film Festival – Mt. Pleasant, MI

HER.E i see lotus, Voix Populi – Philadelphia, PA


Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (“Feminist AF Too” shorts program), US Premiere – Los Angeles, CA

Hiding in Plain Sights – Art Helix Gallery – Brooklyn, NY

Hiding in Plain Sights – Community Folk Arts Center – Syracuse, NY

Ithaca Pan Asian American Film Festival – Ithaca, NY

Syracuse International Film Festival – Syracuse, NY


Cast and Crew

Cast: Criena House, Serena Marie Wiliams, Jordan Floyd

Writer + Director: Truong Phan Kieu-Anh

Producer: Ioana Turcan

Director of Photography: Grace Cannon


Director Statement

Different people go home to the same place, exchange stories of “How was your day?”, talk, make jokes, share food, and just like that, the house becomes the home, and strangers family. Sort of, anyways. Living as a tenant in different households for the last few years, these observations constitute my daily reality, hope and longing. Making “an american family” is both inevitable, and an immediate challenge.

“an american family” continues my fascination in distilled moments of daily lives and complexity of different family dynamics. The kitchen, often a communal space, contains many private moments and buried feelings. Through various kitchen scenes, the film observes subtle gradation of cohabitation and human’s relationships.

Though a very personal story, I hope this film will reach out to a big audience. As our lives and societies are in constant flux, how often do we share a kitchen with strangers?