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A MOONLESS NIGHT: BOAT PEOPLE 40 YEARS LATER
A Moonless Night: Boat people, 40 years later is a documentary feature film that traces the journey to freedom of Vietnamese refugees who fled their homeland after the tragic events of April 30 1975 when the totalitarian communist regime from the North took over the democratic government from South Vietnam. A series of vibrant testimonies takes us through the escape by sea and sometimes land of men, women, and their children, who were ready to risk everything in order to find a life worth living. After having stayed in refugee camps in South-East Asia, and gone through a short stay at military base Longue-Pointe in the East of Montreal, discover how these exceptional beings managed to succeed their integration through determination and resilience to Canadian life.
Among those participating in the documentary are world renown novelist Kim Thúy, Canadian Senator Thanh Hao Ngo and internationally acclaimed Vietnamese traditional musician Duc Thanh Pham. The great Tiken Jah Fakoly, master of African contemporary music also did us the grace of lending his song “Ouvrez les frontières” for the end-credits.
A Moonless Night (86 minutes) is produced by UniAction in collaboration with independent montreal-based film production company Les Films de L’Hydre, and thanks to the financial support of the National Bank.
Interviews and research were conducted by Thi Be Nguyen, who is herself a Vietnamese Refugee, having arrived in Canada when she war 4 years old. Camerawork, sound and editing were all performed by Marie-Hélène Panisset who, after having directed a few dance films and co-directed a dramatic feature film, signs here her first documentary feature film.
COMING HOME : BEYOND A MOONLESS NIGHT
Coming Home: Beyond a Moonless Night is the sequel to the documentary A Moonless Night and is the second documentary film in the trilogy. The film tells the story of a Canadian of Vietnamese origin, who arrived in the country as a Boat People refugee who leaves to visit the country of her ancestors in a quest for identity.
Forty years after fleeing the Vietnam War through Laos, a Canadian refugee Boat People returns to her roots by going to find an elderly aunt who remained there with whom her family had lost contact. These moving reunions are the occasion of a voyage of discovery through the country of origin but also of Laos and Cambodia which together with Vietnam once made up French Indochina. Through encounters with ordinary people with extraordinary backgrounds, the film forges links between the outbreak of war in this region of the world and decades of colonization.
The screenplay was written by Thi Be Nguyen. The camera, the narration and the production were made by Marie-Hélène Panisset; sound by Yasmine Phan; editing by Philippe Ralet; music by Charles Papasoff; sound design and mixing by Christian Rivest and photography by Josiane Farand.
The Forgotten Smiles
The Forgotten Smiles is the documentary film by Lynda Thalie and Jeff Malo which tells the story of the refugee camps in Greece and unaccompanied children in these camps to come to their aid.
UniAction promoted the film, but it was distributed mainly in Greece.
The Premiere took place in the very heart of Athens, in the famous Cinematographic Archives Museum. A debate surrounding the issue of the situation of refugees in the camps, but also, the European situation in the face of the relentless wave of refugees still flocking to the Greek islands followed the projection. Moment of great emotion for the two artists who finally see their joint work in the light, but also for the organization “The Smile Of The Child” which will have seen its work carried out for the last 25 years with children at risk of Greece – Whose refugee children – rightly greeted and applauded.