"Travel in Spirals" - Wednesday, November 30, 4pm

The Institute for Advanced Study will screen "Travel in Spirals" on Wednesday, November 30 at 4pm in 125 Nolte Center for Continuing Education. This film is co-directed by Justin Schell and Tou SaiKo Lee.

Travel in Spirals tells the story of Hmong hip-hop MC, spoken word poet, and community organizer Tou SaiKo Lee as he journeys back to his birthplace of Thailand. Born on the Nongkhai refugee camp, his parents fled Laos after the Vietnam War and came to America when Tou was two months old. Taking its title from the spirals in Hmong paj ntaub, the story cloths that for many years were a way for the Hmong people to tell their history before a written language, Travel in Spirals documents Tou's journey to the source of himself and his heritage almost 30 years after he left. It screened at both the Qhia Dab Neeg Hmong Film Festival and the Twin Cities Film Fest in 2011.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with the directors, who leave for Thailand next week on a follow up project to "Travel in Spirals."

For more information, please visit: https://events.umn.edu/016926

We hope to see you there!

Justin Schell
Co-Director, Travel in Spirals

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