After its nomination for Best Feature Film at the Indie Fest USA International Film Festival in October 2015, and its well-received March 2016 premiere at the Musée de l’histoire de l’immigration, at the Palais de la Porte Dorée, Paris, France, Hmong Memory at the Crossroads, led by Professor Safoi Babana-Hampton as Senior Project PI, was featured in the Official Selections of the Universe Multicultural Film Festival (UMFF), Los Angeles, CA, in March 2017, where it won the Best Documentary Feature Award, and at the Mediterranean Film Festival Cannes (MFFC), France, in November 2016, where it won the Best Score Award for the original beautiful score composed by MSU Music Faculty Dr. Marjan Helms. The film was also selected to be screened at the Université des Antilles, in Fort-de-France, Martinique, as part of the annual convention of the Conseil International D’études Francophones, in June 2017.
Set in the United States, France and Laos, this documentary was a transnational and interdisciplinary project with the collaboration of faculty from Michigan State University and other institutions, members of the Hmong community in France and the United States, community partners, and international collaborators, with the support of the French government. It spotlights expressions of historical memory, French colonial legacy and their intersection with the diasporic experience of Hmong communities in France and the United States. Professor Babana-Hampton filled the roles of producer, executive producer, videographer, screenwriter and lead director. Hmong Memory at the Crossroads is a 2015 Michigan State University production in partnership with the Humanities Without Walls consortium, based at the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. For more about the film and its theme, visit its official website at: http://hmc.cal.msu.edu/.