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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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  (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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[last line]
Heidi Neville-Bub:I guess I have closed the door on them... But I didn't lock the door. It's closed but not locked
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16 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Heartbreaking..., 8 April 2003
Author: gisele22

The way Heidi treated her Vietnamese family was a travesty. Maybe it's because I come from a culturally diverse background and was raised to understand and accept cultural differences, but I thought it was common knowledge that in many cultures throughout the world a way to show love for your family is to help care for them financially if you are able. The fact that she took offense to her sister, who has a hole in the floor for a toilet, asking her for money was unbelievable. Instead of showing compassion for her family's situation, she showed nothing but contempt. She said, in effect, "I can't believe they live like this, but how dare they ask me for money to improve their lives?" I'm sure if she would have sent only $10 a month, it would have helped them considerably, but because her Vietnamese family didn't live up to her expectations, she wants nothing to do with them? I have never seen such coldheartedness. And to wipe off her mother's kisses! She had supposedly been starved for affection for 22 years from her adoptive mother, but after only 7 days with her real mother she was tired of her affection? She should have felt ashamed when she sat down to watch the finished documentary and saw her mother still in tears two years after her visit. I feel the utmost sympathy for Heidi's mother and the rest of her family, but I couldn't muster up any sympathy for Heidi... Actually, that's not true. I do feel sorry for Heidi that it wasn't part of her nature to love and accept her family no matter what. I know she was raised by a less- than- affectionate adoptive mother, but she is no longer an innocent 7-year-old. She is an adult who needs to understand and accept that her monetary and, much, much, more importantly, her emotional selfishness will have a lasting effect on many people.

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