Feature film JOURNEY FROM THE FALL (VUOT SÓNG)
Feature film JOURNEY FROM THE FALL (VUOT SÓNG) Ham Tran, Director/Writer/Editor, 99 minutes
Inspired by the true stories of Vietnamese refugees who fled their land after the fall of Saigon—and those who were forced to stay behind, Journey From The Fall follows one family’s struggle for freedom.
April 30, 1975 marked the end of Vietnam's two-decade-old civil war and the start of the exodus of hundreds of thousands of refugees. Despite his allegiance to the toppled South Vietnamese government, Long Nguyen (as Long Nguyen) decides to remain in Vietnam. Imprisoned in a Communist re-education camp, he urges his family to make the escape by boat without him. His wife Mai (Diem Lien), son Lai (Nguyen Thai Nguyen) and mother Ba Noi (Kieu Chinh) then embark on the arduous ocean voyage in the hope of reaching the U.S. and freedom.
Back in Vietnam, Long suffers years of solitary confinement and hard labor, and finally despairs that his family has perished. But news of their successful resettlement in America inspires him to make one last desperate attempt to join them.
Film website at http://www.journeyfromthefall.com/.
For more information about the entire film festival see http://www.vietfilmfest.com/home/home.htm.
Cost: Free and open to the public.
Parking in UCLA's Lot 3 costs $8.
Sponsor(s): Center for Southeast Asian Studies, UCLA's Vietnamese Language and Culture club and the Vietnamese American Arts and Letters Association.