Qhia Dab Neeg

Qhia Dab Neeg translated in Hmong means "storytelling." Traditionally, oral storytelling was the way in which the Hmong carried forward their history to future generations. As a people without a country, the Hmong in America are quickly seeing their own histories replaced by U.S. stories taken from the television, movie theaters and the Internet. In these mainstream environments it is as if the Hmong do not exist. On the rare occasion their images emerge, they are most often presented as a backdrop, with their cultural traditions and norms presented as a place of contradiction and oddity. The Qhia Dab Neeg Film Festival turns this practice around, taking the tools of contemporary American storytelling and placing it into the hands of Hmong artists. It is from this venue that Hmong stories find a contemporary platform in which to be heard.

It's easy to submit your video just click on the link at the bottom of this page and complete the form.  Youc an also find links to our guidelines by CLICKING HERE

In 2014 Qhia Dab Neeg will host 3 filmmaker dialogues prior to the actual festival. Topics will include intergenerational approaches to telling stories, Hmong women and the art of stories, and a filmmakers resource dialogue.

In 2014 Qhia Dab Neeg will host 3 filmmaker dialogues prior to the actual festival. Topics will include intergenerational approaches to telling stories, Hmong women and the art of stories, and a filmmakers resource dialogue.

Many of the filmmakers presenting at the festival will be available to meet whether at the reception, through dialogues or as part of the festival screenings.  Take time to meet and greet some of the most talented storytellers of our time.

Each year the festival honors Hmong photographers in an exhibit presented at Metropolitan University's Auditorium Annex.  

Each year the festival honors Hmong photographers in an exhibit presented at Metropolitan University's Auditorium Annex.  

Call For Entries

Dialogues

 

Meet the Filmmakers

Exhibit  

 

 

Thursday, May 15th 7PM  

MSU Annex

Join us in honoring the Storytellers selected to share their stories.  Appetizers, conversation, and a few previews of the films to be presented during the festival.

Friday, May 16th 12PM and 1:30PM MSU Auditorium Students from Saint Paul area schools will receive a special set of screenings curated specifically for youth.  The screening will present videos by youth as well as videos that offer family friendly content. 

Friday, May 16th 12PM and 1:30PM

MSU Auditorium

Students from Saint Paul area schools will receive a special set of screenings curated specifically for youth.  The screening will present videos by youth as well as videos that offer family friendly content. 

Friday, May 16th 7PM

MSU Auditorium

Shorts have been at the heart of the QDN Festival since its inception in 2010.  This screening exhibits the diversity of Hmong voice and honors the traditional values of Hmong storytelling. 

 

Friday, May 16th 8:30PM

MSU Auditorium

In 2014 QDN will present its first feature screening.  Check back in with us in April for more information.

Opening Reception

Youth Screenings

Shorts Screening

Feature Presentation

 

Qhia Dab Neeg is a partnership between In Progress and Metropolitan State University.  MSU's Asian Student Association is also one of the festival's key sponsors for 2014.  If you would like to make a contribution to the festival and support Hmong artists continue a strong tradition of storytelling, you can click on the donate link below.

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