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Vietnam: The Next Generation Country/Region of Focus: Vietnam
Length: 057min
Type of Film: Documentary
Language: English

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Description: Thirty years ago the only future that awaited young Vietnamese was war. Today Vietnam's first post-war generation is coming of age and its members - most in their twenties - are seizing opportunities unimaginable in their parents' time. How has this new generation capitalized on the dividends of peace? This film profiles young Vietnamese: students, farmers, soldiers, engineers and entreprenurs. Because of them, communism is losing its relevency, the doors of a free-market economy are opening and memories of the "American" war are being relegated to the distant past. This ambitious generation represents sixty percent of Vietnam's population. Some start on a second college degree before they have completed the first. Others finish their day jobs and head off for night school of study English. They flood into the cities and the money they send back to their village keeps millions of families from poverty. Despite their impatience for economic change, this generation is tradition-bound, with family and community still the unshakable foundation of society. This is an important resource for understanding Vietnam today, as well as understanding the process of recovering from a devastating war.Thirty years ago the only future that awaited young Vietnamese was war. Today Vietnam's first post-war generation is coming of age and its members - most in their twenties - are seizing opportunities unimaginable in their parents' time. How has this new generation capitalized on the dividends of peace? This film profiles young Vietnamese: students, farmers, soldiers, engineers and entreprenurs. Because of them, communism is losing its relevency, the doors of a free-market economy are opening and memories of the "American" war are being relegated to the distant past. This ambitious generation represents sixty percent of Vietnam's population. Some start on a second college degree before they have completed the first. Others finish their day jobs and head off for night school of study English. They flood into the cities and the money they send back to their village keeps millions of families from poverty. Despite their impatience for economic change, this generation is tradition-bound, with family and community still the unshakable foundation of society. This is an important resource for understanding Vietnam today, as well as understanding the process of recovering from a devastating war.Thirty years ago the only future that awaited young Vietnamese was war. Today Vietnam's first post-war generation is coming of age and its members - most in their twenties - are seizing opportunities unimaginable in their parents' time. How has this new generation capitalized on the dividends of peace? This film profiles young Vietnamese: students, farmers, soldiers, engineers and entreprenurs. Because of them, communism is losing its relevency, the doors of a free-market economy are opening and memories of the "American" war are being relegated to the distant past. This ambitious generation represents sixty percent of Vietnam's population. Some start on a second college degree before they have completed the first. Others finish their day jobs and head off for night school of study English. They flood into the cities and the money they send back to their village keeps millions of families from poverty. Despite their impatience for economic change, this generation is tradition-bound, with family and community still the unshakable foundation of society. This is an important resource for understanding Vietnam today, as well as understanding the process of recovering from a devastating war.

When the Tenth Month Comes Country/Region of Focus: Vietnam
Length: 090min
Type of Film: Feature
Language: Vietnamese with English subtitles

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Description: Duyen faces a daily struggle to care for her young son and her weakened father-in-law, while keeping secret the fact that her husband died in a battle during the war. Duyen faces a daily struggle to care for her young son and her weakened father-in-law, while keeping secret the fact that her husband died in a battle during the war.Duyen faces a daily struggle to care for her young son and her weakened father-in-law, while keeping secret the fact that her husband died in a battle during the war. Duyen faces a daily struggle to care for her young son and her weakened father-in-law, while keeping secret the fact that her husband died in a battle during the war.Duyen faces a daily struggle to care for her young son and her weakened father-in-law, while keeping secret the fact that her husband died in a battle during the war. Duyen faces a daily struggle to care for her young son and her weakened father-in-law, while keeping secret the fact that her husband died in a battle during the war.

Full Metal Jacket Country/Region of Focus: Vietnam
Length: 116min
Type of Film: Feature
Language: English

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Description: Stanley Kubrick's take on the Vietnam War follows smart-aleck Private Davis (Matthew Modine), quickly christened "Joker" by his foul-mouthed drill sergeant (R. Lee Ermey), and pudgy Private Lawrence (Vincent D'Onofrio), nicknamed "Gomer Pyle," as they endure the rigors of basic training. Though Pyle takes a frightening detour, Joker graduates to the Marine Corps and is sent to Vietnam as a journalist, covering -- and eventually participating in -- the bloody Battle of Hué.

Anniversary, The Country/Region of Focus: Vietnam
Length: 090min
Type of Film: Feature
Language: N/A

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Description: This film follows the tragic events of two brothers, Hung and Hiep. In 1963, their father takes Hiep to Northern Vietnam in order to escape religious persecution in Central Vietnam, leaving behind Hung and his mother. The war continues in 1973, where the two brothers, Hung and Hiep are reunited in a hapless battle that will leave their lives forever changed. In present day Vietnam, a Buddhist monk performs a memorial service, still haunted by his memories of war and betrayal on the anniversary of his brother's death.

Reunion of Soldiers, A Country/Region of Focus: Vietnam
Length: 030min
Type of Film: Documentary
Language: English & Vietnamese with English subtitles

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Description: Thirty years after the Vietnam War, officers of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) come together for a special reunion to remember the lost soldiers, both Vietnamese and Americans, who sacrificed their lives during the war. Five officers discuss how they remember the war, the politics involved, the American troops, the re-education camps, and the loss of their land.

Buffalo Boy (Mua Len Trau) Country/Region of Focus: Vietnam
Length: 098min
Type of Film: Feature
Language: Vietnamese with English Subtitles

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Description: In 1940s southern Vietnam, the rainy season threatens to consume life as much as sustain it. With his family's survival heavily dependent on a pair of buffalo, young Kim (Le The Lu) agrees to take the animals inland from the water-logged coast in search of food. On his journey, he witnesses firsthand the brutality of man and sees how taxes by the occupying French further harm the poor. When Kim encounters a herder (Vo Hoang Nhan) in a position to help, he must decide whether he can trust him.

The Little Heart Country/Region of Focus: Vietnam
Length: 086min
Type of Film: Feature
Language: Vietnamese with English subtitles

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Description: Somewhere far away in the heart of Central Vietnam, there stands a remote village dusting itself against the surrounding hundreds of sand dunes and the feelings of seclusion and hopelessness. Many of its teens find themselves dreaming of leaving this sad village, thirsting for an exciting city life with colors and opportunities. Only a few of these dreamers actually make it to the city of Saigon. 17-year-old Mai considers herself "lucky", leaving behind all her struggles, all her memories, all her loved ones, including her dear teenage boyfriend, Den, who is a year older. She thought she had found a very promising career in embroidery work with some special arrangements from a broker. Unfortunately, life is not as simple as that. She soon realizes that she had fallen into a very subtle web of brothel operations. And in this chaotic, strange city with no one to turn to, she surrenders to prostitution and eventually the awful disease that comes with that life. Meanwhile, Minh, Mai's 15-year-old sister, is completely unaware of what had been going on with her sister in Saigon and was dreaming about joining her sister there as well. As soon as Mai knows of Minh's intentions, she leaves the city immediately to go back her village to stop Minh. The drama eventually unfolds when Mai gets back to her home village. This is where the lovers, Mai and Den, meet again. This is where the woman broker, who has been seducing young girls with promises of exciting city work dwells. Has it been all worth the dream of glamorous city life?Somewhere far away in the heart of Central Vietnam, there stands a remote village dusting itself against the surrounding hundreds of sand dunes and the feelings of seclusion and hopelessness. Many of its teens find themselves dreaming of leaving this sad village, thirsting for an exciting city life with colors and opportunities. Only a few of these dreamers actually make it to the city of Saigon. 17-year-old Mai considers herself "lucky", leaving behind all her struggles, all her memories, all her loved ones, including her dear teenage boyfriend, Den, who is a year older. She thought she had found a very promising career in embroidery work with some special arrangements from a broker. Unfortunately, life is not as simple as that. She soon realizes that she had fallen into a very subtle web of brothel operations. And in this chaotic, strange city with no one to turn to, she surrenders to prostitution and eventually the awful disease that comes with that life. Meanwhile, Minh, Mai's 15-year-old sister, is completely unaware of what had been going on with her sister in Saigon and was dreaming about joining her sister there as well. As soon as Mai knows of Minh's intentions, she leaves the city immediately to go back her village to stop Minh. The drama eventually unfolds when Mai gets back to her home village. This is where the lovers, Mai and Den, meet again. This is where the woman broker, who has been seducing young girls with promises of exciting city work dwells. Has it been all worth the dream of glamorous city life?

Declassified: The Tet Offensive Country/Region of Focus: Vietnam
Length: 050min
Type of Film: Documentary
Language: English

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Description: The Tet Offensive (Vietnamese: Sự kiện tết mậu thân 1968) was one of the largest military campaigns of the Vietnam War, launched on January 30, 1968 by forces of the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army against South Vietnam, the United States, and their allies. It was a campaign of surprise attacks against military and civilian commands and control centers throughout South Vietnam.

Vietnam: A Soldier's Diary Country/Region of Focus: Vietnam
Length: 050min
Type of Film: Documentary
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Description: A day in the life of a soldier in 1965 Vietnam.

Asia Pacific: Vietnam: Tourism Take-Off Country/Region of Focus: Vietnam
Length: 020min
Type of Film: Documentary
Language: English

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Description: The impact of tourism on economic and social life in Nha Trang, Vietnam.