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The BPAC presents film of Chinese-American family’s story

The Bologna Performing Arts Center (BPAC) is proud to present Far East Deep South, as a free virtual screening that will be available for a four-day viewing period: Sunday, February 14 – 17. Once the film is unlocked, viewers will have 24 hours to finish watching their film. 

“We are pleased to offer extended viewing periods for the Southern Circuit documentaries this spring. The films explore a variety of topics, and we think our community will find them informing” said Laura Howell, Executive Director of the BPAC.

Please visit for more details and to register for free.

The documentary is about a Chinese-American family’s search for their roots. When Charles Chiu, a Chinese American from California, travels to Mississippi to visit the grave of his father who abandoned him as a baby, he and his family stumble upon surprising revelations that change their lives. Along the way, they meet a diverse group of local residents and historians, who shed light on the racially complex history of the early Chinese in the segregated South. Their emotional journey leads them to discover how deep their roots run in America.

“If viewers think they are not going to be able to relate to this film because Chinese is not their ancestry or they know their ancestors all the way back 20 generations, prepare yourselves because you WILL connect and be awed by this journey,” said Emily Jones, Delta State University Archivist.

The screening will be followed by a pre-recorded conversation with the Director, Producer, Writer Larissa Lam and Producer Bladwin Chiu.

This film is part of the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from South Arts, a regional arts organization, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

The next free screening that is part of the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers will be Code of the Freaks February 21 – 24, 2021. This feature-length documentary is a radical reframing of the use of disabled characters in film. Named after a line from Tod Browning’s 1932 classic Freaks, Code of the Freaks counters these formulaic entertainments with a powerful corrective: it dares to imagine a cinematic landscape that takes disabled people seriously. The screening will be followed by a pre-recorded conversation with the Director, Producer Salome Chasnoff.

Registration is free to all Southern Circuit films, and all film screenings are followed by a prerecorded conversation with the filmmakers. Visit for additional information about these and other BPAC events or contact the Ticket Office at 662-846-4626.

For more information about Southern Circuit and South Arts please visit