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Blood Road (2017)

The mysteries surrounding her father's death in the Vietnam war lead ultra-endurance mountain biker Rebecca Rusch on an emotional journey as she pedals 1200 miles of the Ho Chi Minh trail.

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Nicholas Schrunk

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Mark Anders, Emad Hashim (additional writing) (as Emad Abi-Hashim)
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Rebecca Rusch Rebecca Rusch ... Herself
Huyen Nguyen Huyen Nguyen ... Herself
Ian Adamson ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jason Bauer Jason Bauer ... Himself
Don Duvall Don Duvall ... Himself
Jeremy Kent Jackson ... Stephen Rusch (voice)
Greg Martin Greg Martin ... Himself
Leyna Nguyen Leyna Nguyen ... Histories (voice)
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The mysteries surrounding her father's death in the Vietnam war lead ultra-endurance mountain biker Rebecca Rusch on an emotional journey as she pedals 1200 miles of the Ho Chi Minh trail.

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English | Vietnamese

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15 March 2017 (USA) See more »

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Vietnam See more »

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Red Bull Media House See more »
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Best of the Fest Documentary at the High Falls Film Festival
6 November 2017 | by Red-125See all my reviews

Blood Road (2017) is a documentary directed by Nicholas Schrunk.

Rebecca Rusch is a woman whose father was shot down as his plane attacked the Ho Chi Minh trail in Laos. Rusch is an elite athlete in several sports.

Huyen Nguyen is a Vietnamese woman who is also an elite athlete.

After over 40 years, the wreckage of Rusch's father's plane is found, and there are teeth that are found with it, thereby confirming his death.

Rusch and Huyen Nguyen set out to bike along the entire Ho Chi Minh trail, with the hope of finding the crash site themselves. Of course, they are accompanied by a crew of experts.

This is a film of physical triumph, but also of immense sadness. The U.S. bombed the Ho Chi Minh trail continuously during the war against Vietnam. Watching the film, we get some small sense of how many huge bomb craters there are, and how many unexploded bombs still are taking their toll against innocent civilians.

Another reviewer has mentioned the "senseless war," and I believe that almost anyone who sees this film will agree. The filmmakers took great pains to present an even-handed view of the situation. We get voice-over readings of letters that Rusch sent home to his wife. They are very moving.

The people who planned the war against Vietnam weren't there fighting it. As always, the people in the White House and the Pentagon send other people to fight. Sometimes they return home, sometimes they don't.

The scenery along the Ho Chi Minh trail is incredible, and watching this movie in a theater gave us the opportunity to appreciate it. The movie will work on the small screen. However, if you get a chance to watch it in a theater, that's what you should do.

The Domino Theory was that all of Southeast Asia would become hostile to the U.S. if the U.S. forces were defeated in Vietnam. As it turned out, this didn't happen. In fact, in a way, the dominoes went in the other direction. As we watch footage of Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) we see a Starbucks sign!

We watched this interesting film in Rochester's excellent Little Theatre. It was shown as part of the High Falls Film Festival-- Celebrating Women in Film. Blood Road was voted as the "Best of the Fest" documentary.


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