Tie a Yellow Ribbon

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Tie a Yellow Ribbon
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Official poster
Directed by Joy Dietrich
Produced by Joy Dietrich
Thomas Yong
Screenplay by Joy Dietrich
StarringKim Jiang
Jane Kim
Patrick Heusinger
Ian Wen
Theresa Ngo
Gregory Waller
Vincent Piazza
CinematographyLars Bonde
Edited byRasmus Høgdall Mølgaard
Stephen Maing
Production
companies
Tie a Yellow Ribbon, LLC
Independent Television Service (ITVS)
Shouting Cow Productions
Gigantic Pictures
Running time
86 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Tie a Yellow Ribbon is a 2007 award winning film by Korean-American director and writer, Joy Dietrich.

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"I wanted to make a film that gave nuanced portraits of young Asian-American women whose stories are seldom told in mainstream media. The dirty little secret is that Asian-American women have one of the highest rates of depression in the United States. While this film doesn't attempt to explain the reasons why, it does expose the isolating, alienating factors that make the young women feel the way they do -- the greatest among them the lack of acceptance and belonging. TIE A YELLOW RIBBON is ultimately about three young women's search for love and belonging."

Director's statement by Joy Dietrich. [1]

It portrays the complex emotions for young adult Asian American women through its main character, Jenny, as a Korean adoptee in America struggling thorough life and difficult relationships. It was filmed and takes place in New York City.

It was aired on PBS television, in the ITVS series, in May 2008.

Awards

Festival showings

Notes

  1. Joy Dietrich's Director's Statement about "Tie A Yellow Ribbon" - JED Films
  2. Silk Screen: Asian American Film Festival

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