Growing up Hmong at the Crossroads


The Main 4 Mon, Apr 23, 2018 4:20 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$14.00
Youth (25 & Under/Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Guest Attending:Yes
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Programs:New American Visions
Women & Film
Culture & Society
Women Directors
Voice Category:Expanded Horizons
Release Year:2017
Runtime:90 min
Website:Official Website
Director:Safoi Babana-Hampton
Producer:Safoi Babana-Hampton
Associate Producers: Fu Hang, Dao Yang, and Cedric Lee
Screenwriter:Safoi Babana-Hampton
Editor:Kirk Mason
Composer:Marjan Helms


SHOWTIME SWITCH: The Sunday, April 15 12:00pm screening of Growing Up Hmong at the Crossroads at MSU Film Space will now start at 12:30pm.

Director Safoi Babana-Hampton Attending April 23

From director Safoi Babana-Hampton, Growing up Hmong at the Crossroads is a documentary feature that serves as a portrait of culture, family and young adulthood. At its center, it follows four children of Hmong refugees as they forge their places within a constantly shifting world. This film is a sequel to the award-winning documentary feature Hmong Memory at the Crossroads (2015), which follows the story of former Hmong refugee Liachoua Lee as he reflects on his family history and its complex ties with French colonial history, the legacy of the French Indochina War (1946-1954) and the American Vietnam War.

Both films have been shown nationally and internationally, and explore through testimonials important and layered chapters of French and American histories through Hmong voices. In Growing Up Hmong at the Crossroads in particular, themes addressed include the preservation of one’s culture, the place of historical memory and family history in diasporic construction of identity.

Director Biography

Safoi Babana-Hampton Safoi Babana-Hampton is a filmmaker, videographer, producer. She is a Professor at Michigan State University where she teaches French and Francophone Studies and Global studies. As director, she led the production of the documentary Hmong Memory at the Crossroads (’15).



"The film gives a glimpse of the unique struggles that the children of this generation work through to relate to their parents’ cultural heritage and make sense of their historical memory." - Eventful


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