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The Journey of Vaan Nguyen (2005)

Not Rated | | 29 September 2005 (Israel)
Hoiami Nguyen never imagined that he will end up so far from his home village of Bong Son in central Vietnam. Political circumstances and the roulette of life have washed him to the shores ... See full summary »

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Hoiami Nguyen never imagined that he will end up so far from his home village of Bong Son in central Vietnam. Political circumstances and the roulette of life have washed him to the shores of Israel. The penniless Vietnamese refugee became a father of 5 Hebrew speaking Israeli daughters. His daughter - Vaan, describes her parents' ordeal using a razor sharp language in her blog. She feels trapped in circles of identity which will never meet. Caught between her wild and stormy Israeli spirit and the expectations to be modest and obedient Vietnamese at home, there is unbridgeable abyss. When her father returns to his family in Vietnam, Van finds herself absorbed into his tragic story - a cruel tale of loss and survival. Hoimai's dream of return sends Vaan to look for a brighter future in the new-old country. She joins him in trying to reclaim the lands of the family, in the remote village at the heart of the Vietnamese jungle. Written by Anonymous

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13 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hoiami Nguyen is the name of the father. Vaan Nguyen is the name of his daughter. I think Vaan is the eldest of 5 daughters. This documentary is excellent. It reveals much about the cultures of contemporary Israel, Tel-Aviv and Jaffa (the section where the Nguyens live) and Viet Nam and compares them to the cultures of 40 years ago. Frankly, it is heartbreaking and sad to see this hardworking, cheerful man receive so many disappointments. I wish that I could remain as cheerful as Hoiami, but evidently I'm not as strong as he is. His daughter Vaan is bright and beautiful, and sad for a completely different reason: she isn't home anywhere, and it bothers her. This journey isn't about Hoiami's trip to Vietnam, it's about Vaan's realization that she is a stranger in a strange land everywhere she goes. This is a tear-jerker on many levels.


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