家 人 (Jia Ren) A Self Portrait Film by Rebby Yuer Foster
家人 is now available for viewing. Please consider donating to honor your viewing experience. Half of the donations will support the theatre, and the other half will go to the Community Action Fund by Hate is a Virus.
家 人 is a 20-minute self portrait film by Rebby Yuer Foster (they/them). Rebby’s intentions were to experiment with how the process of shooting & being on set can act as a ritual in honoring their Chinese ancestors, and provide an opportunity for others in the space to honor their own ancestry. The film features interviews with Rebby's mother, Xiaofeng Foster, and explores the affects of the model minority myth on the individual, Tai Chi & physical movement as ritual, and the isolation that comes with being Chinese in America. This film is an act of self love, and love for family.
This film was created in collaboration with Bridge Donnelly as Director of Photography, Hanan Margoles as Gaffer & Stills Photographer, Lake as Production Assistant & Colorist, and featured (in order of appearance) Xiaofeng Foster, Rebby Yuer Foster, Tim Chao, Maddox Zhang, Christina Li, Lisa Chiem, and the White Lotus Chinese Lion Dancers. Special thanks to Bohan Phoenix for providing the credits song But I Still Love You, which speaks so deeply to the piece.
What people are saying about 家 人 (Jia Ren)
"At times, Jia Ren feels like a requiem for the lives lost to anti-Asian hate crimes during the pandemic. Yet it is also a cinematic love letter from Foster to their mother and everyone else who was involved in the project." -Bennet Campbell Ferguson, Willamette Week Read the full article HERE
"There's just not enough art made about mixed kids. I needed that film tonight." -家人 Patron
"It made me feel like...You know those moments when you go to your elementary playground or something, and start remembering things about your childhood as a whole, some type of shit like that. Not nostalgia, but more like a fantasy reminiscence of society, race, politics type." -家人 Patron
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Major Funding provided by
Ronni S. Lacroute Fund of Oregon Community Foundation, Jessie Jonas, Anonymous, Ellyn Bye, the Regional Arts & Culture Council, including support from the City of Portland, Multnomah County, the Arts Education & Access Fund, Prosper Portland, the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, the Marie Lamfrom Charitable Foundation, the Shubert Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Collins Foundation, the Oregon Cultural Trust, the Oregon Arts Commission, the Rose and David Dortort Foundation, supporting organization of the California Community Foundation, Portland Events and Film, and the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition.