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18 January 1995 (France) See more »
Based on a true story, after the US withdrawal and the fall of South Vietnam to the communist forces in 1975, many people are sent to reeducation camps. Several desperate boys in one of the camps begin planing their escape. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Daniel Guyant ... Son
Gilles Chitlaphone ... Bob
Jehan Pagès ... Petit Haï
Eric Nguyen ... Un-Deux
Leon Outtrabady ... Shrimp
Siu Lin Lam ... Le noiraud
Yann Roussel ... Muscles d'acier
William Low ... Commandant
Loke Mok Yeong ... Petite pelle
Tai Way Tay
Lina Chua ... La mère de Son
Ja'Afar Wira ... Colonel Co Cong
Lucy Sim Chin Jin ... Woman at the Market
Osman Kassim ... Tige de bambou
Ivan Wong ... Poutash
Lim Chek Hor ... Mum le Sourd
Cheng Yi Su ... Cu
Ding Yin Yew ... Tu coup par coup
Kok Way Tay
Kit Kuat Wong
Cheong Peck Beng
R. Shukor Kader ... Le père de Son

Directed by
Rachid Bouchareb 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Duyen Anh  novel "La Colline de Fanta"
Rachid Bouchareb 
Bernard Gesbert 

Produced by
Jean Bréhat .... producer
Charles Wang .... executive producer
Original Music by
Safy Boutella 
Cinematography by
Youcef Sahraoui 
Film Editing by
Hélène Ducret 
Costume Design by
Simonetta Mariano 
Sound Department
Vincent Goujon .... boom operator
Thierry Sabatier .... re-recording mixer
Didier Saïn .... sound
Pascal Madura .... stunt man
Camera and Electrical Department
Roger Arpajou .... still photographer
Kelly Price .... key grip
Editorial Department
Stratos Gabrielidis .... first assistant editor

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Also Known As:
"Poussières de vie" - France (original title)
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Austria:85 min | Belgium:87 min | France:87 min
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Profoundly moving, 11 June 2010
Author: lajetee_kawthoolei from USA

A gripping, profoundly moving story - - finally a "Vietnam War" movie from an Amerasian perspective! A gut-wrenching and non-sentimental tale of young Amerasian kids just after the fall of Saigon in 1975. Rounded up and subjected to re-education camps, several band together to survive and plot escape. Oscar-Nominated Best Foreign picture in 1995... also known as "Dust of Life". Based on a true story. Unfortunately producer/director Rachid Bouchareb, (known better for the more recent French films, such as Indigenes, 29 Palms, L'humanite, West Beirut, Flanders, and London River) has never widely released this film in the United States so few people have had the opportunity to experience it. Amazing soundtrack and unrelenting plot- line. Powerful!

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