Daughter From Danang

Daughter From Danang

  • USA
  • STC
  • Gail Dolgin

In 1975, at the end of the Vietnam War, the USA’s “Operation Baby Lift” was removing orphaned Amerasian children from Vietnam and transporting them to the US for adoption by American parents. While many of these children were truly orphans, others were still living with their Vietnamese families. Fearing that the Viet Cong would kill their children once US troops had withdrawn, many Vietnamese mothers willingly released their offspring to Operation Baby Lift. Winner of the 2002 Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize for Documentary Feature, Daughter From Danang is the heart-wrenching story of one of these orphans, Mai Thi Hiep, who was separated from her loving family and sent to live with an adopted mother in Tennessee. Mai Thi (re-named Heidi Hub in the US) now 30, married with children of her own, and estranged from her abusive adopted mother, returns to Danang to reconnect with her birth mother and siblings. But after years of repressing her heritage beneath the assimilation of Southern US culture, Heidi’s hopes for a joyful reunion are quickly shattered. With a devastatingly unwavering lens, co-directors Dolgin and Franco capture both the beauty of Vietnam and the painful poignancy of Heidi’s moving quest. Shannon Abel. In English and Vietnamese with English subtitles.

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