Vietnamese American Arts and Letters Association Co-Presents THE PROTEGE Gold Open Screening and Conversation with Maggie Q


VAALA Co-presents The PROTEGE #GoldOpen Advance Screening at The Landmark Theatre

August 13, 2021 LOS ANGELES, CA On August 9th, the Vietnamese American Arts and Letters Association (VAALA), Gold House, Coalition for Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE), Tremendous Communications, Millennium Media, and Lionsgate presented an exclusive #GoldOpen Advance Screening of The Protégé followed by a conversation with Maggie Q moderated by Lacey Banis of Entertainment Weekly.

Watch the #GoldOpen Q&A session with Maggie Q here

CAPE and Gold House invited VAALA to be a co-presenter and community partner because of VAALA’s commitment to connect and enrich communities through Vietnamese arts and culture.
Maggie Q, a Vietnamese-Irish actress, plays a Vietnamese lead role in The Protégé. Her character breaks stereotypes of Southeast Asian women as exotic or docile. The Protégé features scenes filmed in Da Nang, Vietnam, introducing audiences to modern-day Vietnam. VAALA will also host the first virtual return of Viet Film Fest in October, to celebrate Vietnamese voices and stories in cinema from new, emerging filmmakers of the Vietnamese diaspora.


Lionsgate describes the synopsis as: “Rescued as a child by the legendary assassin Moody (Samuel L. Jackson) and trained in the family business, Anna (Maggie Q) is the world’s most skilled contract killer. But when Moody – the man who was like a father to her and taught her everything she needs to know about trust and survival – is brutally killed, Anna vows revenge. As she becomes entangled with an enigmatic killer (Michael Keaton) whose attraction to her goes way beyond cat and mouse, their confrontation turns deadly and the loose ends of a life spent killing will weave themselves even tighter.”

See this action-packed film in theaters on August 20th, 2021: Find tickets now!

Photos courtesy of Andrew Ge (social media @thisisge) of CAPE.

Founded in 1991, the Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA) is a community-based, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that seeks to connect and enrich communities through Vietnamese arts and culture. Join VAALA on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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