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Separated at the end of the Vietnam war, an "Americanized" woman and her Vietnamese mother are reunited after 22 years. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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A sad story of loss and cultural divide... See more (28 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Mai Thi Kim ... Herself
Heidi Neville-Bub ... Herself

Gerald Ford ... Himself (archive footage)
Tom Miller ... Himself
Tran Tuong Nhu ... Herself
Mabel Neville ... Herself
Don Neville ... Himself
Royce Hughes ... Herself
Wanda Hamlett ... Herself
John Bub ... Himself
Do Huu Vinh ... Himself
Do Trong Tinh ... Himself
Do Thi Thu Hien ... Herself
Do Thi Hong Lien ... Herself
Dinh Dung ... Himself
Kaitlin Neville ... Herself
Jessica Neville ... Herself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brenda Lewis ... Herself

Directed by
Gail Dolgin 
Vicente Franco 
 
Produced by
Gail Dolgin .... producer
Sunshine Ludder .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
B. Quincy Griffin 
Hector Perez 
Van-Anh T. Vo 
 
Cinematography by
Vicente Franco 
 
Film Editing by
Kim Roberts 
 
Sound Department
Dan Olmsted .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Visual Effects by
James Kenney .... titles & graphics
 
Other crew
Woo Cho .... producer's representative
Tran Tuong Nhu .... consultant
Kenn Rabin .... archival film researcher
 

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USA:83 min
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Herself:When I gave birth to her, she had no father, so I gave her my last name. And I gave her the name Hiep because it means united; united with her mother.See more »

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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
A sad story of loss and cultural divide..., 5 March 2005
Author: twowaydream

This is a beautifully shot but often difficult film to watch — mostly because, as a previous reviewer has mentioned, the Amerasian daughter, Heidi, seems ignorant of her cultural heritage and unwilling to learn. We learn that she was raised by a cold woman who kept her Vietnamese heritage a secret, but even as an adult Heidi doesn't do anything to educate herself about her family or their culture. As she's leaving on the plan for Danang, we see her only just learning how speak the language in a cursory way.

The film beautifully communicates how traumatic the separation of half-American children from their Vietnamese mothers was on all sides. Heidi was denied a family, her mother was forced to sleep with an American soldier to save her other children during a war, and the family continues to live in poverty. It is very difficult to watch how shabbily Heidi treats the family after they open their lives and homes to her, but I suppose that highlights how ignorant many of the children who were brought here in "Operation Babydrop" were and are. It is particularly sad to see how judgmental she is of them — she brings them useless American gifts, but gets angry when they ask for help in supporting her mother. It is especially sad when you realize that if she had only taken the time to understand Vietnamese culture, the misunderstanding may have never come up.

Overall, it's an often frustrating and difficult story to watch, but one that is well-told and forthright in its honesty.

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