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Historical - Completed 2016

When a Vietnam War refugee who has grown up in America is solicited by a self-proclaimed arms dealer, he finds himself drawn into a dangerous game of politics and intrigue that could end with a life sentence in prison for him and the beloved leaders of his community.

& Awards

Big sky documentary film festival 2016
CAAM 2016
    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Historical, Documentary
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 83 mn
    • Director(s)
    • David GRABIAS
    • Synopsis
    • During the Vietnam War, the CIA recruited and armed tens of thousands of Hmong fighters in Laos against the Communist government in what became known as “The Secret War”. When the Americans suddenly pulled out, the Hmong people were left behind and forced to flee, never to see their homeland again. Forty years later, when a video is smuggled out of Laos showing how the present-day Communist government continues to persecute the Hmong still living there, a group of exiles living in California take steps that lead to a second betrayal by the American government that none of them could have ever imagined.

      An improbable true-crime thriller of espionage, weapons deals, and entrapment, OPERATION POPCORN tells the story from the perspective of Locha Thao, the opportunistic Hmong plotter behind an attempted coup of the Laotian government. His dream of returning his people back home instead leads them into the dangerous and murky waters of international terrorism.