If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, the following film may be of interest to you.
Quoting from one of the producers:
"the nom characters were put to use fully in the poster and postcard. i had them hand calligraphed. it was my intent to use them fully in the main title sequence, but because they were 6 characters long, i couldn't fit it into the time constraints. i ended up using two of them as evocation, which worked out nicely."
The six Nôm characters -- courtesy of the VNPF and Professor Nguyễn Quang Hồng -- correspond to the Vietnamese version of the film title.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Center for Southeast Asia Studies" <cseas@...>
Sent: Wednesday, 27 February, 2002 11:19
Subject: Daughter from Danang - Bay Area Screenings
>The Berkeley showing is nearly sold out, I'm told.
>Daughter from Danang
>Dear Friends and Friends of Friends, and Friends of Friends of
>This email contains information about how to purchase tickets for upcoming
>screenings in the San Francisco Bay Area of Gail Dolgin and Vicente
>Franco's film Daughter from Danang. (A description of the film follows
>ticket info.) For those of you who haven't heard, the film was awarded the
>Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the Sundance 2002 Film Festival
>last month and also received a Golden Gate Award in the Bay Area
>Documentary Category from the San Francisco International Film Festival.
>The Bay Area premiere will be at NAATA's S.F. International Asian
>American Film Festival on March 12th (San Francisco Kabuki 6:45PM ,) MARCH
>13th (Berkeley PFA 7:30pm) and MARCH 16th (San Jose Camera 3
>Cinema). We would appreciate it if you can help us spread the word by
>forwarding this email to your own email lists. Thanks thanks thanks...
>Here's the info for advance ticket purchase for the NAATA festival - we're
>hoping that the screenings will sell-out so if you're planning to come,
>buy in advance! There are several ways to order tickets. The most
>economical way is to fax your request to NAATA or go the venue box office
>(for PFA you can call the box office directly.) Here's how it works:
>?By FAX: 415-863-7428 (FAX ORDERS AVAILABLE ONLY UNTIL MARCH 3RD)
>If you don't have the NAATA festival catalog, make your own order form,
>add $3.00 service fee and include the following info:
>Name, address, phone, etc.
>Visa/MC/Amex w/ signature
>Film Title: Daughter from Danang
>SELECT Screening date & time & code:
>San Francisco: 3/12 Kabuki 6:45PM KABDAN12
>Berkeley: 3/13 PFA 7:30pm PFADAN13
>San Jose: 3/16 Cinema 3 2:45pm SJODAN16
>TICKET PRICE: $8.50
>($7.50 NAATA Members / $6.00 Seniors / Students / Disabled - Must provide
>copy of membership or ID for discount tickets.)
>PLUS: $3.00 processing fee per ORDER
>?THEATER BOX OFFICE
>SAN FRANCISCO: AMC Kabuki 8 Festival Box Office (There is no processing
> Box office hours:
> Before Mar. 7 - 3:00pm8:00pm
> After Mar. 7 - 11:00am-10:00pm
>BERKELEY: PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE (PFA)
> Box office hours:
> Monday - Friday 11:00am to 5:00pm, with evening and weekend hours
> beginning one hour before
> first screening of the day.
> Tickets can be charged by phone directly from the PFA - 510-642-5249
> No fee for members / $.50 per ticket for non-members
>SAN JOSE CATS OFFICE:
>?ONLINE - VIA TICKETS.COM
> (service charge - a killer!!! per ticket plus per order
>?CHARGE-BY-PHONE - VIA TICKETS.COM
> 415-478-2277 OR 510-762-2277 OR 408-998-2277
> (service charge - a killer!!! per ticket plus per order)
>FOR MORE GENERAL INFO CALL THE NAATA FESTIVAL HOTLINE: 415-255-4299
>OR VISIT THE FESTIVAL WEBSITE:
>See you at the movies!!!
>GAIL & VICENTE
>Daughter from Danang
>Directors: Gail Dolgin & Vicente Franco
>In 1975, as the Vietnam War was ending, "Operation Babylift" brought
>thousands of orphans and Amerasian children to the United States. Mai Thi
>Hiep (renamed Heidi) was one such child, given up by a mother (Mai Thi
>Kim) who feared for her daughter's safety and adopted by a single woman
>who raised her to be "101% Americanized" in Pulaski, Tennessee. Years
>later, estranged from her adoptive mother, Heidi begins searching for her
>birth mother who, it turns out, has also been searching for her.
>Twenty-two years after their anguished separation, mother and daughter are
>reunited in Vietnam. But this is not a simple tale of happy
>endings. Exploring the moment when dreams confront reality, Daughter from
>Danang is both brave and challenging.
>What begins as a joyful reunion soon turns into heartache as cultural
>misunderstandings and dashed hopes pile up. Tensely unfolding on two
>continents and in two drastically different worlds, Heidi's journey
>becomes an emotional pilgrimage that unleashes warring factions within her
>soul. She longs for unconditional love but is profoundly alienated from
>her Vietnamese past. Her mother Kim desperately wishes for a deeper
>connection with Heidi, but her attempts are suffocating to her
>daughter. Gail Dolgin and Vicente Franco's riveting, heart-wrenching
>film weaves intimate and sometimes excruciating moments into a complex,
>sensitive and balanced portrait of one of the lesser-examined tragedies of
>warinnocents on the sidelines, whose wounds are often invisible but whose
>loss continues to grow. It is a reminder that wars do not end when
>treaties are signed the wounds of war can take generations to heal./.