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20180424_195341(0) (1).jpgSince its release in April 2017, the documentary feature Growing up Hmong at the Crossroads, directed, produced and written by Professor Safoi Babana-Hampton, traveled to various academic and public venues and reached diverse audiences. This includes University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands; the Collège d’études Mondiales (Institute for Global Studies), in Paris, France; Centre International de Recherches et d’Enseignement sur les Meurtres de Masse (International Center for Research and Teaching of Genocides), Paris, France; Macalester College; Grand Valley State University; University of Michigan; Indiana University.


The film also was also recognized internationally at the Mediterranean Film Festival Cannes, in France, where it won the Best Documentary Award in November 2017, and nationally at the Action on Film and Hollywood Dreamz Film Festival and Writers’ Award in August 2017 where it was Runner-up for Best Director of Documentary Film. More recently, the film was featured in the Official Selection of the 37th Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF) in the Twin Cities, Minnesota, April 15 and 23, 2018, where it was presented by the local press as one of the five “buzz films” playing at the MSPIFF.

As the sequel to the award-winning documentary feature Hmong Memory at the Crossroads (2015), Growing up Hmong at the Crossroads (2017) continues to explore political, social and spiritual expressions and practices of hospitality toward refugees, immigrants, the stateless and destitute, across various traditions, cultures and national frontiers, by looking at the unique family histories and testimonials of Hmong refugees and their children in the United States and France.

This documentary feature is a 2017 production of Michigan State University, set in the United States, France, Thailand and Laos, in partnership with the UIUC Humanities Without Walls Consortium, and many valuable partnerships with the Hmong community in France, the United States, and Thailand, and institutional and international partnerships including faculty and students from Michigan State University, Indiana University, the University of Michigan, Musée de l’Histoire de l’Immigration (France) and Collège d’Etudes Mondiales (France). For more info: http://growinguphmong.com/