“Khanh,” the mentally ill street-wanderer, encounters his estranged half-brother, “Michael” and his half-brother’s friend, “Matthew” during one of his routine panhandling circuits. Michael and Matthew ignore Khanh but the familiarity between the two Vietnamese-American men does not go undetected by the latter.
Michael and Matthew continue on their walk and the conversation slips into an unapologetic, irreverent rambling on the unique “homelessness problem” in Portland. Following this is a dream-like exchange across time and space between Michael and Khanh.
An Excerpt from Sway of the Knife
Written, Produced, & Directed
Shot & Edited
Joe X. Jiang
Sound Recordist/2nd Unit Camera Operator
Hair and Makeup
Dennis W. Fitzgerald
Michael (man walking and talking on the left)
Matthew (man walking and talking on the right)
Man in Blue Swaeter