skip to main content

Listen

Read

Watch

Schedules

Programs

Events

Give

Account

Donation Heart Ribbon

SDAFF Pick: ‘In the Family’

Redefining Family

Above: Patrick Wang and Trevor St. John star as lovers in "In the Family."

Today's pick for the San Diego Asian Film Festival is Patrick Wang's "In the Family" (tonight at 7:15pm at the UltraStar Mission Valley at Hazard Center).

Patrick Wang's "In the Family" is a gay drama about a six-year-old boy named Chip who has two dads, his biological father Cody and his second dad Joey (played by writer-director Patrick Wang). When Cody dies in a tragic car accident, Chip's family is suddenly redefined. Joey discovers that he has no legal rights to custody because Chip's aunt had been named in the will as his guardian. The film is a compelling tale about redefining family.

Here's the trailer:

Wang's film challenges not only preconceived notions of family but also a lot of the formula that often comes with gay dramas. Wang makes the characters strong and places them in the foreground so that the gay issues come up organically in the story rather than getting on a soapbox to deliver his messages. Wang also challenges preconceived notions about Asian Americans as well. On the simplest level it is unusual to have an Asian American with a Texas accent. It is also less common for Asian Americans to deal with gay themes as opposed to the more commonly tapped into themes of assimilation as either an immigrant or second generation Asian American. But what Wang realizes is that his themes are stronger when we care about the characters and the story first.

Please stay on topic and be as concise as possible. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Community Discussion Rules. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus