Carved in Silence tells the story of Chinese immigrants who were detained at the United States Immigration Station at Angel Island in San Francisco Bay during the little known Chinese Exclusion era. The film examines the genesis of racially discriminatory immigration policies, its reality, and its consequences. Interviews are intercut with historical footage and dramatic re-enactments to powerfully translate the impact of public policies into human terms.
"Carved in Silence is a beautifully crafted film that rings the story of Angel Island, a repressed part of the United State's past to public view. After seeing it, audiences will want to talk, to deal with the ongoing issues, and re-dedicate efforts for more justice." Professor John Kuo Wei Tchen, Director, A/P/A Institute, New York University
"Felicia Lowe's powerfully understated Carved in Silence calls attention to the blatantly racist ordeal to which Chinese attempting to emigrate to America were routinely subjected in the wake of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, enforced through 1943 - the only time in U.S. history a group of people were almost entirely excluded from entry solely on the basis of race." Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
Winner of a CINE Golden Eagle, Chris Plaque, National Educational Film and Video Association Honorable Mention. Broadcast on PBS, International Channel.
If you are a student or a professor:Watch now
If you are a librarian or a professor: