Two Lies

A film by Pam Tom

1989 | 25 minutes | BW | 16mm/DVD | Order No. 99352


Doris Chu, a recently divorced Chinese American woman, has plastic surgery to make her eyes rounder. From her teenage daughter Mei's perspective, her mother's two eyes equal two lies. When the family journeys to a desert resort during Doris' recuperation, a series of revelations and bitter confrontations erupt. This beautiful black and white drama is a poignant study of generational conflict and the struggle for identity in a world of hybrid cultures.


"Fresh, contemporary. The sharp sense of cultural disorientation depends on Tom's atmospheric style. Clearly the work of a filmmaker who is fearless."

Caryn James New York Times


  • New Directors/New Films
  • Hawaii International Film Festival
  • NY Asian American Int'l Film Festival
  • USA Film Festival


Pam Tom

Pam Tom, a graduate of the UCLA film program, is a filmmaker and director committed to exploring and promoting cultural diversity through her work. She is a former instructor of Los Angeles’ Visual Communications, an Asian Pacific American media arts organization. Tom is perhaps best known for her film TWO LIES, a precursor to more recent works dealing with physical alteration and cultural assimilation. She is currently the director of Project: Involve, a program of the Independent Feature Project/West, an outreach program founded to support and promote culturally diverse filmmaking within the film industry. (10/09)

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