FascinAsian - Container

Director: Erin Hembrador, Quan Luong
Runtime: 9 Minutes 40 Seconds
Language: Vietnamese w/ English Subtitles

Year of Release: 2021
Country of Origin: Canada

Description: A group of Vietnamese nationals is making their way to an unknown location in a shipping container to find a better life. Mai, a 16-year-old girl, connects with different passengers on the journey to find out why they are risking everything. As they get closer to the promised land, they are met with hunger and desperation that would push them to the limit of human existence.

Writers: Erin Hembrador & Quan Luong
Producers: Erin Hembrador & Quan Luong
Director of Photography: Quan Luong
Editors: Erin Hembrador & Quan Luong
Production Designer: Jordan Moreau
Costume Designer: Willow Harvey
Music Composer: Dexter Artates
Camera Operator: Markus Henkel
1st AC: Ryan Offenloch
2nd AC: Nathan Flores

Gaffer: Nate Bower
Key Grip: Jesse de Rocquigny
Location Sound Mixer: Toby Zheng
1st AD: Josh Dreger
Set Decorator: Leon Pham
Covid PA: Elena Sturk Lussier
EPK: Connor Vu
Picture Car: Calvin Henrion
Foley: Erin Hembrador, Tobey Zheng, Karen Remoto

FascinAsian - Erin Hembrador & Quan Luong

Erin Hembrador
Quan Luong

Hembrador and Luong have only been working together since 2019 on Erin’s previous film Mansanas, where Quan worked as a DOP and Colourist, but immediately realized they were a good working team and decided to further pursue projects together as producing and directing partners on their current film “Container” .

Erin’s short film Piece of Mind has taken home Festival Awards across Canada while also gaining her a nomination for Best Manitoban Director at the 2018 Gimli Film Festival. Her film Mansanas is now complete and is being prepped for the festival market.

Quan Luong is a Vietnamese filmmaker working in Winnipeg as a cinematographer & colourist on TV shows, Documentaries, and Commercials.

Director Statement: “Container” is a very personal project of mine, I wanted to tell a Vietnamese story that’s not about the war because there is a lack of representation from Vietnam in North American cinema. Through the film, Erin and I explored a different side of human trafficking and why some people would risk everything and choose this journey. – Quan Luong