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COMING HOME: PAR-DELÀ UNE NUIT SANS LUNE
(BEYOND A MOONLESS NIGHT)
by Marie-Hélène Panisset and Thi Be Nguyen
2020 | 98 min

Documentary| Canada (Québec) | French, Vietnamese (English subtitles)

With : Thi Be Nguyen, Thi Hoi Nguyen, Aline Rebeaud, Xuan Phuong, Phloeun Prim, la princesse Ton Nu Thi Ha

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CANADIAN PREMIERE AT THE  TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
ORIGINAL VERSION WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

Forty years after having fled the war in Vietnam through Laos, a young Canadian woman who arrived as a Boat People refugee in Montréal (Québec) goes back to her native land to meet with a long lost aunt. The emotional gathering sets the tone for a discovery trip and identity quest across Vietnam but also Laos and Cambodia, the three countries that once comprised French Indochina. By interviewing common people with extraordinary lives, the film draws links between decades of colonization and the eruption of the war. Each protagonist sheds light into the past helping understand our history.

FESTIVALS:  

  • Awards of Merit (Documentary Feature, Asian, Script writer, Women Filmmakers, Original Song) Impact DOCS Awards (La Jolla, USA, 2020)

FILM REVIEWS:  

Twelve years after Une nuit sans lune – Boat People : 40 ans après (2009), also about memory, Marie-Hélène Panisset signs here a personal logbook which often reaches strong dramatic flights. But above all, the documentary filmmaker manages to capture the curiosity of viewers by incorporating the sometimes taboo notion of empathy, this attentive eye on the other, without moralism or judgment. (…)

In this often poetic journey, we are touched by the simplicity of the stories told. (…)

A touching film that goes straight to the heart.

— Kino Culture Montreal

 

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