Director, actress and poet Tiana Alexandra Silliphant was born in Saigon, Vietnam, but as a young child had to flee with her family to Virginia due to the Vietnam War. The family became the state's very first Vietnamese immigrants. Growing up, Silliphant was incited by the children around her, who blamed her for the deaths of innocent Americans in the war. As protection, she chose to learn karate, and eventually became Bruce Lee's only female apprentice. Through the karate master, she was introduced to the Oscar-winning screenwriter Stirling Silliphant, and thus began her career, or rather life, as a documentary filmmaker. Because when she spends over 25 years making her documentary about Vietnam, it inevitably becomes a film as well. . .

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