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1998 (USA) See more »
In this film made over ten years, filmmaker Barbara Sonneborn goes on a pilgrimage to the Vietnamese countryside where her husband was killed... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Xuan Ngoc Nguyen ... Herself
Barbara Sonneborn ... Herself

Directed by
Barbara Sonneborn 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Barbara Sonneborn  writer

Produced by
Kathy Brew .... associate producer
Janet Cole .... executive producer
Janet Cole .... producer
Megan Jones .... associate producer
Daniel Reeves .... associate producer
Barbara Sonneborn .... producer
Todd Wagner .... senior associate producer
Original Music by
Todd Boekelheide 
Cinematography by
Emiko Omori 
Daniel Reeves 
Nancy Schiesari 
Film Editing by
Lucy Massie Phenix 
Ken Schneider 
Sound Department
Lisa Baro .... dialogue editor
Julie Konop .... sound
Samuel Lehmer .... sound re-recording mixer
Barbara McBane .... sound editor
Jeremy Molod .... assistant sound editor
Erich Stratmann .... assistant sound editor
Elizabeth Thompson .... sound
Jennifer L. Ware .... supervising sound editor
Editorial Department
Zacharia Pineda .... on-line editor
Other crew
Scott Degraw .... production assistant
Xuan Ngoc Nguyen .... translator
Kenn Rabin .... archival consultant
Rosemary Rotondi .... production assistant
Daniel Satorius .... attorney
Emma Segasture .... production assistant
Todd Wagner .... archival researcher

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Heartfelt, 12 June 2010
Author: Mike B from Canada

A unique documentary film on the Vietnam War and wars in general. Its' focus is on the widows' of war. These are widows' who will always experience the trauma of war. This documentary was made 25 years after the end of the war. Part of it's' focus is on one woman's return to the site her husband had died during the war.

The great strength of this film is it also speaks with Vietnamese women whose husbands were killed. Because their country experienced the war directly their stories are very different and more intense.

Like other great films on war this clearly points out that one's pain of war never goes away. The war lives on in one's life forever. One woman recounted that she felt her husband's name should have been at the Vietnam Wall in Washington DC. He committed suicide seven years after the end of the war and the reasons' were directly connected to Vietnam. Another woman's husband died from the effects of Agent Orange. In a recent commentary Canadian Romeo Dallaire, who has experienced Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, said that the number of suicides of Vietnam War veterans was far higher than the general population. He said these suicides would raise significantly the count of American war dead from Vietnam.

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