Film: 'The Beautiful Country'
The Beautiful Country
Having been married to, and been
abandoned by, an American GI and
having fathered a Mixed-Race son,
she is reduced to the lowest rung on
the all-powerful Vietnamese social-scale.
After the end of the Vietnam war many
of the American GI fathers of Vietnamese
children tended return to the US and
forget the promises they made to their
Mixed-Race children they left behind.
The American government a chose to sweep
the experiences of the families left behind,
very neatly under their democratic carpet.
Known as the Bui Doi - meaning "less than dust",
these Mixed-Race children with American fathers
are now adults and after enduring years of
hardship from their Vietnamese heritage
-- their stories are finally coming to light.
In The Beautiful Country, a young Vietnamese woman
falls in love with and marries an American G.I.
Shortly after, the husband disappears and
the young wife find herself pregnant.
After the birth of Binh, her Mixed-Race son,
she goes from heaven to hell.
Having been married to, and been abandoned by, an
American GI and having given birth to a Mixed-Race
son, she is reduced to the lowest rung on
the all-powerful Vietnamese social scale.
Lucky to escape with her life, the mother is forced
to eke out an existence scrubbing floors.
Binh her son grows up in a foster family who work
him like a servant and can barely tolerate his presence.
His unusual height and facial features make him a
regular target and he's grown used to taunts of
'Bui Doi' and worse that have plagued him his whole life.
One day his foster mother reveals to Binh
that his birth mother is in fact still alive.
And so begins this young mans journey
to find the family he never knew he had.
It is a treacherous journey and Binh must
overcome refugee camp, a brutal ocean crossing and
indentured servitude with a human-trafficking ring.
His determination is strong and his quest leads him
from Saigon to Malaysia to New York City and, finally,
to a remote Texas ranch and a redemptive reunion.