ILLUSTRATION: Lloyd Eugene Winter IV
It's summer in Portland, that time of year when we pack up our lawn chairs and head outside to watch a movie in a graveyard.
What's that, you say? Movies don't belong in graveyards? This one does: Ivy Lin's documentary Come Together Home tells the story of the Chinese railroad workers buried in Lone Fir Cemetery, and how their disinterred bones were placed where they don't belong, marooned in a Hong Kong warehouse. The remains were dug up en masse from Lone Fir's Block 14 and shipped to China in 1949, when Multnomah County wanted the cemetery land for a highway department maintenance yard. Sixty years later, Lin traveled across the Pacific Ocean to find out where the bones finally rested.
"I just feel really connected with that block, for some reason," says Lin. "I would just aim my camera to it, and think about the sad story of my ancestors. Not only did they work so hard during their lifetime, but after they died their bones were dug up and some county building was built on top, and then their bones were shipped to Hong Kong, in limbo for like 11 years. It just really grabbed me. And then a lot of people who live in the neighborhood don't even know what's going on with that empty land. I mean, there's a bus stop on the corner."
On Saturday night, the land becomes a movie theater. "I just can't wait," Lin says. "It will be such an incredible experience…to see a cemetery movie in a cemetery."
GO: Come Together Home screens Saturday, July 24, at Lone Fir Cemetery, on the corner of Southeast 26th Avenue and Stark Street. City Commissioner Nick Fish will dedicate a Heritage Tree at 6 pm; the film begins at 9 pm. Free.
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