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.
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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.