In 1979, the fatal shooting of a white crabber in a Texas fishing village ignites hostilities against Vietnamese refugee communities along the Gulf Coast.

fisherman at sea
Reel South
Premiere Date
May 4, 2020
60 minutes
Funding Initiative
Diversity Development Fund
filmmaker Tim Tsai

Tim Tsai

Tim is a filmmaker whose past work include directing a series on early Chinese Texans for Austin PBS and editing the non-narrative film YAKONA (SXSW '14) about the San Marcos River. He holds an MFA in film production from U.T. Austin and is a Firelight Media Documentary Labs fellow. SEADRIFT is his feature directorial debut.

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The Film

In the summer of 1979 at the public town docks in Seadrift, Texas, a Vietnamese refugee shoots and kills a white crab fisherman. What begins as a dispute over fishing territory erupts into violence and triggers a series of boat burnings, Ku Klux Klan intimidation, and other hostilities against Vietnamese along the Gulf Coast.