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Chau, Beyond the Lines (2015)

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Chau, a 16-year-old boy living in a Vietnamese peace camp for kids disabled by Agent Orange, battles with the reality of his dream to one day become a professional clothing designer.

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Courtney Marsh

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Courtney Marsh (story by), Marcelo Mitnik (story by)
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During the Vietnam War, the United States dropped 20 million gallons of chemicals onto the dense jungles of Vietnam, in order to rid the Northern Vietnamese Army of their food and cover. More than 40 years later, Chau, a teenager living in a Vietnamese care center for kids disabled by the chemical Agent Orange, battles with the reality of his dream to one day become a professional artist. With a rare disability in his arms and legs, Chau is repeatedly told his dream is not only unrealistic, but impossible. At age 17 and against all odds, Chau ventures out into the real world to see, if in fact, he can make his dream a reality.

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USA | Vietnam

Language:

Vietnamese

Release Date:

21 August 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

War Within the Walls See more »

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Cynasty Films See more »
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1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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One of 10 films shortlisted for the 2016 Academy Awards. See more »

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Featured in The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2016: Documentary (2016) See more »

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Not quite as awful as I first suspected....but it's still pretty awful
13 February 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Most of this film is set in a residential program for severely disabled children whose parents mothers were exposed to Agent Orange. Apparently decades after the end of the Vietnam War, children are continuing to be born with horrendous problems--such as missing limbs, twisted and stunted limbs, facial anomalies and the like. All of the residents appear severely disabled and the filmmakers focus in particular on a teenager named Chau. Eventually, Chau leaves the program and briefly returns home to live with his family. But with nothing productive to do with himself, eventually he moves to the city and inexplicably learns to make a living as an artist despite his very extreme physical challenges. While it's disturbing to see such disfigured kids, it's also an uplifting film at times due to Chau's spirit and unwillingness to give up. Not an easy film to watch but among the easier films to watch from this year's selection of Oscar nominees.

UPDATE: "A Girl in the River" took the Oscar for Best Documentary Short.


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