INDOCHINA, TRACES OF A MOTHER

By Idrissou MORA KPAI

MKJ FILMS - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2010

Through the story of Christophe, a 58 year old Afro-Vietnamese man, the film tells the story of African colonial soldiers fighting for the French in Indochina.

    • Year of production
    • 2010
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • BENIN
    • Languages
    • FRENCH
    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Director(s)
    • Idrissou MORA KPAI
    • Writer(s)
    • Idrissou MORA KPAI
    • Producer(s)
    • Idrissou MORA KPAI (MKJ FILMS), Jeanette JOUILI (MKJ FILMS), Arouna Sacca MORA KPAI (NOBLE FILMS)
    • Synopsis
    • Between 1946 and 1954, over 60 000 African soldiers were enlisted to
      fight the Viet Minh.Pitted against one another by circumstances, these two colonised peoples came into contact and a number of African soldiers took Vietnamese women as wives. Out of these unions, numerous mixed-race children were born. At the end of the war, the colonial army ordered that all the black children be repatriated to Africa, officially to protect them from the Viet Minh. While some children left with their mothers and fathers, others were simply taken away by their fathers, leaving their mothers behind. Abandoned in orphanages, those that had neither mother nor father were put up for mass adoption by African officers, as was the case with Christophe. Christophe long avoided facing the scars and identity complexes left by this abrupt separation from his mother and homeland. By encouraging him to undertake a journey into his own past, the film opens a little-known chapter of the Indochina war.
    • Partners & financing
    • Fonds Sud Cinema France; OIF; Scam etc
    • Production schedule
    • completed
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