By Martin NGUYEN


Documentary - Completed 2012

The story of my Vietnamese father who was able to build up a new life in a small Austrian village, but there is still an open chapter in the past: the search for the man who once helped him in a refugee camp in Malaysia.

    • Year of production
    • 2012
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 83 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Martin NGUYEN
    • EIDR
    • 10.5240/076B-A510-E172-5359-3FF1-D
    • Producer(s)
    • Arash T. RIAHI (Golden Girls Filmproduktion & Filmservices GmbH), Michael SEEBER (Golden Girls Filmproduktion & Filmservices GmbH)
    • Synopsis
    • In the 80ies in a small Austrian village an old man, Mr. Karlhofer, saw a TV report about the struggle of Vietnamese Boat People. He decided to do something. He brought a young Vietnamese couple with a baby to his village, organised a home and work. This family were my parents and I. In the past there was another helper: Ali, a former Malaysian police officer. Ali supported them with food and stuff my father could sell. When they left the refugee camp Pulau Bidong, my parents promised Ali to write, but my father lost the address. He was never able to say “Thank you”, never able to say that all went fine. “Let’s go back to Malaysia and look for him”, my father suggests me.
      The film tells the story of my family who fled Vietnam in the 1980s and settled down in a small Austrian village to build up a new life. After all, they return for the first time to Malaysia to find Ali and the former refugee camp Pulau Bidong where I’ve been born. The past meet the presence.
    • Partners & financing
    • Austrian Film Institute / Österreichisches Film Institut
      Vienna Film Fund / Filmfonds Wien
      Lower Austria Film Fund / Land Niederösterreich