5:30PM - What Will Become of Us
USA/Australia, 2019, 72 mins, Director: Steven Cantor
Frank Lowy started with one Australian store and built his business into a global billion dollar enterprise – the shopping mall giant Westfield. Now in his late 80s, he faces the prospect of a merger that will lead to his retirement and also the bittersweet journey of his beloved wife’s decline due to Alzheimer’s Disease. In this film, he reflects on his past and on events that made him the fighter, survivor and philanthropist he became. Revisiting sites of his childhood and young adulthood the film takes us from the ghettos of Budapest in the 1930s to living as a refugee and emigrating to Australia, and chronicles the impact of a single life in the lives of so many.
8PM Nailed It
USA, 2018, 60 mins, Director: Adele Pham
A fortuitous encounter with twenty Vietnamese refugee women and The Birds actress Tippi Hedren in 1975 sparks the Asian nail salon as we know it. In this hour-long documentary, Nailed It presents a lineage of legacy moments in nails, like Mantrap, the first nail salon chain to cater to black women in the ‘hood. The democratization of the manicure fans the fire of Vietnamese “discount” nail salons blazing across the country. Through the international journey embarked upon by Nailed It director Adele Pham, this unique film captures an unforgettable and often hilarious saga born of tragedy, charting the rise, struggle, stereotypes and steady hold Vietnamese Americans have on today’s $8 billion nail industry.