The Journey of Vaan Nguyen

  • Israel, Vietnam
  • Documentary
  • 2006
  • 84 min.

The Journey of Vaan Nguyen

  • Israel, Vietnam
  • Documentary
  • 2006
  • 84 min.

Synopsis

The Vietnam War was a traumatic war that has shaken the consciousness of the west. Millions of Vietnamese people fled from their homes to the cruel sea to save their lives. The “boat people” who survived the journey and were given asylum in new lands, can now recount their ordeal. Decades later, some still have the urge to go back home but they first have to confront issues of identity. Their children speak a new language, and are raised with different cultural sets of codes. In their homeland they have lost their rights as citizens. Their return creates numerous moral and humanistic predicaments as well. Can they demand possession of their homes and land which were confiscated by the state? What is their right of return? And if they have such a right, will the settlers on their land become homeless?

Credits

Director(s)

Duki Dror

Producer(s)

Yael Shavit

Script

Violette Shitzer

Cinematography

Philippe Bellaiche

Editor

Dany Itzhaki

Original Language

Hebrew, Vietnamese

Subtitles

Hebrew, English

Festival Highlights

  • "An intensely poignant observational documentary"
    The New York Times
  • A poignant portrait of the kind of cultural displacement only history can create... first rate doc
    Variety
  • A highly emotional, highly relatable tale of displacement and maturation
    SFIAAFF Capsule Film Review

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