Random Acts of Legacy

America ReFramed Season 6
  • Feature Film
  • 2018
  • 57 Mins

Filmmaker Ali Kazimi finds a rare cache of deteriorating 16mm home movies spanning from 1936 to 1951, and deftly crafts a story of history and memory in Random Acts of Legacy. The family archive that Kazimi discovers was the work of Silas Henry Fung. Fung’s passion for art, film and documentation reveals a rare portrait of a creative and enterprising Chinese American family in Middle America during the Depression years, and offers a surprising counter-narrative to the stereotypes of Chinese Americans in his day.

More from this film

Film Credits

  • Ali Kazimi director

Critical Acclaim

A haunting, essential document that, for all its specificity, comments on the universal human condition.

Glenn Sumi, Now Magazine