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UNE NUIT SANS LUNE
BOAT PEOPLE:40 ANS APRÈS|40 YEARS AFTER

by Marie-Hélène Panisset and Thi Be Nguyen
2016 | 86 min

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

On the night of April 30, 1975, when the Communists of North Vietnam invaded the South, which had been governed by a democratic government, several inhabitants desperately sought to flee this new totalitarian regime. In tens of thousands, they piled up on makeshift boats, hoping to escape the vigilance of their enemy brothers and make their way to the coasts of Hong Kong, Malaysia, Kenya, Laos or Thailand. For those who made it, it was just the beginning of a long journey to a country that would welcome them.

Forty years later, some of these "boat people" recounted their hazardous voyage at sea, their arrival at Quebec’s Longue-Pointe military base, and the challenges of their integration into Quebec society.

FILM REVIEWS:  

This documentary is an ode to resilience and a creaNve integraNon into Canadian life.

— Canadian Museum of History

 

A formidable documentary

— Kim Thúy, writer

 

A must-see for all young people.

— Kathleen Weil, Minister of Immigration (Quebec 2010-2012) 

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