Heaven's CrossROAD (2002) 

A film by Kimi Takesue
35 minutes / Video / 2002
Distributor: Women Make Movies
 

Winner: Spirit of Slamdance Award, Slamdance Film Festival
Winner: Best Documentary Short, Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema
Winner: Jurors’ Choice Award (1st Prize), Black Maria Film/Video Festival
Television Broadcast: WYBE-35, Philadelphia, Through the Lens

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Synopsis

HEAVEN'S CROSSROAD traces an impressionistic journey through Vietnam exploring the nuances and complexities of “looking” cross-culturally. Structured in a series of observational yet stylized vignettes, this visually driven experimental documentary investigates shifting relationships of voyeurism and intimacy, which link the observer with the observed. 

HEAVEN’S CROSSROAD charts a singular journey yet it also explores common desires which surface through travel: the desire to be transported to another place; the desire to communicate beyond language; the desire to arrest time and re-possess a moment, a glance, a feeling, an encounter.

PRESS

"Mesmerizing."
           - Sam Adams, Philadelphia City Paper

"A treasure... a lyric travelogue."
           - Nathan Lee, The New York Sun

"A painterly travelogue that floats back and forth between the beautiful landscapes and people of modern day Vietnam and impressionistic visual and audio montage by the filmmaker, HEAVEN’S CROSSROAD takes the viewer on a journey that is both interior and reflective, compelling and evocative."
          - V.A. Musetto, New York Post

"A lush, 35 minute, impressionistic video postcard…what makes the movie work is its re-humanizing of the people of Vietnam, and the absolute beauty of the region, captured with the eye of its gifted young director. "
          - Kam Williams, The Black World Today

Selected Screenings

Rotterdam International Film Festival, Netherlands
Locarno International Film Festival, Switzerland
Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada
Thessaloniki International Documentary Film Festival, Greece
Art International Film Festival, Trenčianske Teplice, Slovakia
Calgary International Film Festival, Canada
Brooklyn International Film Festival, NY
Mill Valley Film Festival, CA
Asian Pacific American Film Festival, DC
Squeaky Wheels “Travel Guides” Film Series, Buffalo, NY
Multicultural Film Festival, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Credits

Director, Producer: Kimi Takesue
Cinematographer, Editor: Kimi Takesue
Production Company: Kimikat Productions
Distributor: Women Make Movies