The Qhia Dab Neeg Film Festival encourages Hmong people in the media, recognizes Hmong filmmakers and celebrates their stories. This year includes the first double-feature screening. The event is free and open to the public.
The Qhia Dab Neeg (Storytelling) Film Festival strives to preserve the rich cultural heritage of Hmong people and their stories through the art of film and takes the tools of contemporary American storytelling and places it into the hands of Hmong artists. Metropolitan State University hosts the annual Qhia Dab Neeg Film Festival through co-sponsorship with the Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship and the Hmong Student Organization, providing opportunities for students, faculty, staff and the community to view film screenings, a photography exhibit and engage in discussions with Hmong filmmakers.
The theme this year is The Essence of Hmong. Each year the festival showcases films from Hmong filmmakers worldwide, from filmmaking veterans to individuals with a camera and a story to share. It is from this venue that Hmong stories find a contemporary platform in which to be heard.
Screenings are shown at Film Space auditorium, Founders Hall, Metropolitan State University Saint Paul Campus, 700 East Seventh St. More information can be found on the organization’s Facebook page.
Tentative screening/festival schedule: (Film selections to be annouced)