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Screening of "Daughter From Danang" and post film discussion

A heartbreaking documentary that upsets your expectations of happily-ever-afters, Daughter from Danang is a riveting emotional drama of longing, identity, and the personal legacy of war. To all outward appearances, Heidi is the proverbial "all-American girl", hailing from small town Pulaski, Tenn. But her birth name was Mai Thi Hiep. Born in Danang, Vietnam in 1968, she's the mixed-race daughter of an American serviceman and a Vietnamese woman....
Screening of "Daughter From Danang" and post film discussion


Event date: saturday, 21st february
Time: 6 pm

Vollum Lecture Hall at Reed College
(3203 SE Woodstock Blvd)

Description:

Screening of 2003 Acadamy Award nominated, and winner of the 2002 Sundance Film Festival Grand Prize documentary "Daughter From Danang", with a post film discussion with T.T. Nhu and Tom Miller ( Two people featured in the Documentary. Nhu is the woman who accompanies Heidi back to Vietnam to meet her birth mother Kim.)

About the Film:

A heartbreaking documentary that upsets your expectations of happily-ever-afters, Daughter from Danang is a riveting emotional drama of longing, identity, and the personal legacy of war. To all outward appearances, Heidi is the proverbial "all-American girl", hailing from small town Pulaski, Tenn. But her birth name was Mai Thi Hiep. Born in Danang, Vietnam in 1968, she's the mixed-race daughter of an American serviceman and a Vietnamese woman. Fearing for her daughter's safety at the war's end, Hiep's mother sent her to the U.S. on "Operation Babylift", a Ford administration plan to relocate orphans and mixed-race children to the U.S. for adoption before they fell victim to a frighteningly uncertain future in Vietnam after the Americans pulled out. Mother and daughter would know nothing about each other for 22 years.

Now, as if by a miracle, they are reunited in Danang. But what seems like the cue for a happy ending is anything but. Heidi and her Vietnamese relatives find themselves caught in a confusing clash of cultures and at the mercy of conflicting emotions that will change their lives forever. Through intimate and sometimes excruciating moments, Daughter from Danang profoundly shows how wide the chasms of cultural difference and how deep the wounds of war can run--even within one family.

RUNNING TIME:
81 Minutes
U.S.A. 2002

www.daughterfromdanang.com
Good Movie 17.Feb.2004 18:30

PortlandGrrrl

I watched this on PBS, oh....maybe about 6 months or so ago. It is a great film, and is one that will definitely leave space for quite a few conversations. I wished at the time that my partner had watched it so I could discuss it with someone. It will leave you with some mixed feelings and alot of thoughts to ponder.