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American Experience - Daughter from Danang

1 rating: 3.0
A movie directed by Vicente Franco

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival, DAUGHTER FROM DANANG follows an adopted American woman who gets more than she bargained for when she is reunited with her birth mother. One of thousands of Vietnamese … see full wiki

Director: Vicente Franco
Release Date: 2002
MPAA Rating: Unrated
1 review about American Experience - Daughter from Danang

Behind the Scenes from the Vietnamese Orphan Airlift

  • Nov 4, 2004
Pros: True life story, fascinating chapter of American history

Cons: Depressing, eye opener

The Bottom Line: A recommended documentary about what has become of some of the famous Air Lift Children of Vietnam.

Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie''s plot.

During the ending months of the terrible Viet Nam War, the US government decided to airlift "orphans" and "mixed race" children to the United States. Not only was in the "best interests" of the children, but it was good PR for the United States.

Unfortunately, one of the planes crashed and it later turned out that many of the orphans were not orphaned at all - they had just been sent to the states in the hopes of a better life.

Ever wonder what happened to these children after they arrived in the US? Daughter from Danag tells her story. Born of a Vietnamese mother and unknown US soldier father she is sent to the US when she was 6 years old. She is adopted by a single woman from the Southern United States. And they all lived happily ever after right? Unfortunately no.

The child overcomes her trauma slowly, learns english and tries to adjust to her new life. Unfortunately, she is instructed to play down that she is half Vietnamese and try to blend in. In the South, there are blacks and whites and that's pretty much it. Being a Southerner I feel justified in saying that. Being Vietnamese was another matter altogether.

Through her teen years, she perms her hair, wears lots of make up and tried to fit into white society. By the time we meet her in the documentary, she is a 23 married and has two little children. She has questions about her birth mother and resolves to find her and locate her other life.

It is strange to see her with her wall of bangs and strong Southern accent. She travels to meet her mother who is a peasant woman with several other grown children.

The documentary reveals the tormet they both feel and the results of growing up in two different cultures. Her Vietnamese family only sees her as a foreigner who must have lots of money and ask for it constantly. She views her mother as agressive and questions her motives as she realizes that money is what they all really want.

A striking, painful story of a woman trying to fit into her place in the world, yet is uanble. The inevitable culture clash results which provides more questions than answers.

Revealing, touching, and very sad.


Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Fit for Friday Evening
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 9 - 12

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