Film showcases Vietnamese boat people

By From page A11 | February 28, 2012

“Journey from the Fall,” a 2006 film about the experiences of Vietnamese boat people after the fall of Saigon, will be screened Friday as part of the International Film series, now in its 15th year.

The series is co-sponsored by the United Nations Association of Davis and International House. Doors at I-House, 10 College Park, open at 7:30 p.m. and the film begins promptly at 8 p.m.

There is no charge, but donations are accepted with gratitude to help cover the cost of DVD rental, facilities use and refreshments.

The R-rated film, directed by Ham Tran, traces the story of a family’s struggle for survival in the aftermath of the fall of Saigon in 1975. After her South Vietnamese Army husband Long (Long Nguyen) is imprisoned in a North Vietnamese re-education camp, Mai (Diem Lien), her son Lai (Nguyen Thai Nguyen) and mother-in-law Ba Noi (Kieu Chinh) escape by boat and eventually end up in California.

The brutal treatment in the camps and the harrowing journey, as well as the pressures of adjusting to life in a new country, have been praised as an accurate presentation by Vietnamese-Americans who lived through those experiences.

The director interviewed more than 400 boat people and cast some of them in the film. The film also stars Cat Ly as Phuong and Khan Doan as Nam.

Enterprise staff

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