A Cambodian family is given sponsored immigration to the United States where one daughter becomes a spelling bee champion.


Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins. See more awards »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
George Thrash
Prissy Thrash
Phoen Yann
Kathleen Sisk ...
Laura Thrash
Margot Pinvidic ...
Henry Turner
Jade Chinn ...
Linn Yann
Diana Ung ...
Kiev Yann
Linda Wong ...
Yieng Yann
Jasmin Tam ...
Ngor Yann
Wilson Lo ...
Chhoueng Yann
Raymond Lui ...
Hing Yann
Robert Broyles ...
Shawn Clements ...


In the mid 1970's, a young girl's family must endure a nightmarish life in her native country of Cambodia under the domination of the brutal Khmer Rouge regime. But things change for the better when an American family agrees to sponsor their immigration to the United States of America. They soon prove to have some difficulty adjusting to their new home as with language barriers and survival habits that are not necessary anymore, but are hard to break. While they are learning, one of the daughters struggles harder than the others and is personally driven to become a champion contender in spelling bees. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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23 February 1986 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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A great film to watch.
29 February 2004 | by (USA,FLORIDA) – See all my reviews

I recently bought the video thru ebay,curious to see what it was about. This is a great film for family viewing of all ages.It teaches the importance of education and determination to set a goal for yourself. Which sadly a lot of american children take for granted.I strongly suggest that anyone who wants to show their kids how important education is, should see this movie. It has a great cast and is well written.I have seen over the years of young people from other countries take education and school very seriously. A lesson that alot of our own young people could learn a lesson with. In summary,this film should be shown in elementary schools across the country to encourage young kids to take their education more seriously and to set a goal for themselves for the future.

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