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Daughter from Danang (2002)

Separated at the end of the Vietnam war, an "Americanized" woman and her Vietnamese mother are reunited after 22 years.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mai Thi Kim Mai Thi Kim ... Herself
Heidi Neville-Bub Heidi Neville-Bub ... Herself
Gerald Ford ... Himself (archive footage)
Tom Miller Tom Miller ... Himself
Tran Tuong Nhu Tran Tuong Nhu ... Herself
Mabel Neville Mabel Neville ... Herself
Don Neville Don Neville ... Himself
Royce Hughes Royce Hughes ... Herself
Wanda Hamlett Wanda Hamlett ... Herself
John Bub John Bub ... Himself
Do Huu Vinh Do Huu Vinh ... Himself
Do Trong Tinh Do Trong Tinh ... Himself
Do Thi Thu Hien Do Thi Thu Hien ... Herself
Do Thi Hong Lien Do Thi Hong Lien ... Herself
Dinh Dung Dinh Dung ... Himself


In 1975, as the Vietnam War was ending, thousands of orphans and Amerasian children were brought to the United States as part of "Operation Babylift." Daughter from Danang tells the dramatic story of one of these children, Heidi Bub (a.k.a. Mai Thi Hiep), and her Vietnamese mother, Mai Thi Kim, separated at the war's end and reunited 22 years later. Heidi, now living in Tennessee - a married woman with kids - had always dreamt of a joyful reunion. When she ventures to Vietnam to meet her mother, she unknowingly embarks on an emotional pilgrimage that spans decades and distance. Unlike most reunion stories that climax with a cliché happy ending, Daughter from Danang is a real-life drama. Journeying from the Vietnam War to Pulaski, Tennessee and back to Vietnam, Daughter from Danang tensely unfolds as cultural differences and the years of separation take their toll in a riveting film about longing and the personal legacy of war. Written by Anonymous

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Documentary | War







English | Vietnamese

Release Date:

11 January 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I kori apo to Danang See more »

Filming Locations:

Da Nang, Vietnam See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Herself: How could she do this to me? How could you just give up your child like that?
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should have won an Oscar
18 June 2006 | by thomasvinhSee all my reviews

Had it been some probable twist of fate, Heidi would be standing in their sandals amongst the squalor. Perhaps she could not provide much assistance given her own circumstances but that's no reason to cut off her family like she did. She could continue some communication through a third party and help out if she could. She could attempt to make them understand how things are in the U.S. and that she has been raised in a different standard of living that is unlike what they go through in Vietnam. The tragedy of this story is the misunderstanding that belies these two cultures and says a lot about our poor understanding of each other.

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