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Jimmy in Saigon (Encore Screening)

Directed by Peter McDowell2022USA89 mins

Join Frameline for a special free encore screening of Jimmy in Saigon! Featuring a Q&A with director Peter McDowell and executive producer Corey Tong, moderated by Nguyen Pham.

When his brother Jimmy mysteriously died in Vietnam in 1972, gay filmmaker Peter McDowell was just a kid, growing up within his family’s “veil of silence.” As an adult, armed with a video camera, Peter embarks on a quest to uncover the possibly queer brother he never knew. Plotted like a terrific detective story, Jimmy in Saigon follows Peter’s search for the truth about the strikingly enigmatic Jimmy—a rebellious kid drafted into the war, who stunned his family by returning to Saigon after his tour of duty to enjoy “hedonistic pleasures.” Jimmy’s letters home spoke of a Vietnamese girlfriend, but Peter suspects that something—or someone—else had captivated Jimmy.

This intimate international odyssey into the twisty alleys of old Saigon brings forth revelations that keep unfolding in unexpected and touching ways. Executive-produced by sex advice columnist Dan Savage, Jimmy in Saigon is a timely testament to the ravages of war and the healing of old wounds.

Frameline thanks the James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center of San Francisco Public Library for their support of this encore screening. 

This film starts at exactly the advertised time.

The Koret Auditorium is wheelchair accessible. Public transportation is encouraged as the Main Library does not have parking. There is metered street parking along Grove Street and around the Civic Center Plaza. The two closest public disability access parking spots near the Main Library are located on the corner of Grove and Hyde and on Larkin, in front of the library, nearest cross street Fulton, and they are available on a first come, first serve basis. The closest parking garage is the Civic Center Parking Garage, with entrances on McAllister and Larkin.  This screening does not currently have captions or ASL interpretation.


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Peter McDowell
Running Time
89 mins
In English, French, and Vietnamese with English subtitles
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