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Hà Lệ Diễm
Vietnam 2021 | 90 Min. | engl. subtitled

Thu, 18-May-23 07:30 PM
Q&A with:
Hà Lệ Diễm
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We are in a moun­tain vil­lage of the Hmong, mem­bers of an ethnic minor­i­ty in north­west Viet­nam. For three years, Hà Lệ Diễm has come here again and again, befriend­ing the lively twelve-year-old Di and par­tic­i­pat­ing in the small strug­gles of her grow­ing up. Events con­verge on the ten­sion between tra­di­tion and the grow­ing eman­ci­pa­tion of a young gen­er­a­tion that is begin­ning to look out­wards.  

During the New Year’s fes­ti­val, it is cus­tom­ary for young men to kidnap the girls of their choice, often vio­lent­ly, often while they are still very young. Many girls are sub­se­quent­ly forced into mar­riage by their fam­i­lies. Di, too, is torn between first flir­ta­tions and resis­tance to an early for­eign deter­mi­na­tion that abrupt­ly ends her child­hood and, most impor­tant­ly, deprives her of any fur­ther edu­ca­tion­al oppor­tu­ni­ty. Diễm’s sen­si­tive debut fea­ture is aston­ish­ing in its rev­e­la­tion of this web of com­plex rela­tion­ships. With impres­sive hon­esty, it main­tains a bal­ance between expe­ri­enc­ing and con­vey­ing. 

Hà Lệ Diễm, stud­ied jour­nal­ism in Hanoi jour­nal­ism, earn­ing her diplo­ma in 2013. CHILDREN OF THE MIST is her first doc­u­men­tary to be sup­port­ed by a grant from the Sun­dance Insti­tute Doc­u­men­tary Film Pro­gram and received the Best Direc­tor Award at IDFA in 2021. 

Direc­tor, cin­e­matog­ra­phy: Hà Lệ Diễm
Editor: Swann Dubus
Music: Nick Norton-Smith
Pro­duc­tion: Swann Dubus for Varan Viet­nam, Thao Tran Phuong
Dis­tri­b­u­tion: CAT&Docs