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Mai's America (2002)

When a spunky, mini-skirted daughter of Ho Chi Minh's revolution leaves cosmopolitan Hanoi for a high school exchange program in rural Mississippi, her ideas about freedom, America, Vietnam and herself are thrown into question.

Director:

Marlo Poras

Writer:

Marlo Poras
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When a spunky, mini-skirted daughter of Ho Chi Minh's revolution leaves cosmopolitan Hanoi for a high school exchange program in rural Mississippi, her ideas about freedom, America, Vietnam and herself are thrown into question.

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PG
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PBS [United States]

Country:

Vietnam | USA

Language:

English | Vietnamese

Release Date:

28 February 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A América de Mai See more »

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Color
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Documentary Extraordinaire
18 October 2003 | by petedoolittleSee all my reviews

Although I prefer the likes of "Warriors" and "Logan's Run" to a documentary, I have to admit that I was completely taken in by this film when I was dragged to a premier by my fiancee. The first few scenes take place in Vietnam, where the young high school student (Mai) is preparing to make the move to the United States for her senior year, and has visions of bright lights and big cities. Instead, she finds herself shipped off to the dregs of America: a backwoods town in Mississippi. Poverty, racism, and bible-thumping are the norm, and the experience is certainly not as cozy as she had expected. The story gets progressively more disturbing as we follow her trials and tribulations, from High School to a brief stint at Tulane, and finally on to a job in a nail salon in the Detroit area. Director Marlo Poras does a fantastic job of capturing Mai's emotional roller coaster ride, and the sad ending had the audience begging for a "Mai's America 2"...

Very worthwhile experience!!


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