Documentaries by Christine Choy

Documentaries by Christine Choy

5 Episodes

An electrifying activist spirit runs through the work of Chinese American documentarian Christine Choy, an Oscar nominee who has been using her camera to shed light on hidden social histories and injustices for nearly fifty years. Whether tracing the evolution of Chinese American labor organizing (FROM SPIKES TO SPINDLES) or exposing the devastating legacy of American imperialism (BITTERSWEET SURVIVAL), Choy pursues truth with an uncompromising fearlessness that has the power to reorient her viewers’ understanding of the world.

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Documentaries by Christine Choy
  • From Spikes to Spindles

    Episode 1

    Directed by Christine Choy • 1976 • United States

    This raw, gutsy portrait of New York’s Chinatown captures the early days of an emerging consciousness in the community. We see a Chinatown rarely depicted, a vibrant community whose young and old join forces to protest police brutality and hostil...

  • Inside Women Inside

    Episode 2

    Directed by Christine Choy and Cynthia Maurizio • 1978 • United States

    Christine Choy and Cynthia Maurizio offer a rare look at the degradation faced by women in prison, interviewing women who suffer daily within a system that disregards their humanity and neglects their basic needs.

  • Bittersweet Survival

    Episode 3

    Directed by J. T. Takagi and Christine Choy • 1982 • United States

    This documentary examines the resettlement of Southeast Asian refugees in the United States in the aftermath of the Vietnam War. The film begins with a montage of riveting footage depicting the devastating effects of the war. It ...

  • Mississippi Triangle

    Episode 4

    Directed by Christine Choy, Worth Long, and Allan Siegel • 1984 • United States

    This is an intimate portrait of life in the Mississippi Delta, where Chinese, African American, and white people live in a complex world of cotton, labor, and racial conflict. The history of the Chinese community, or...

  • Homes Apart: Korea

    Episode 5

    Directed by J. T. Takagi and Christine Choy • 1991 • United States, South Korea

    They speak the same language, share a similar culture, and once belonged to a single nation. When the Korean War ended in a stalemate in 1953, ten million families were torn apart. By the early nineties, as the rest ...