Dust of Life 1995
Poussixc3xa8res de vie (original title)
1h 27min | Drama | 18 January 1995 (France)
Based on a true story, after the US withdrawal and the fall of South Vietnam to the communist forces in 1975, many people are sent to reeducation camps. Several desperate boys in one of the camps begin planing their escape.
The Vietnam War was one of the major events of the twentieth century. The last image of it that people in the US saw was the helicopter fleeing the US embassy while people tried to board. But what happened in Vietnam afterwards was just as important. With the US gone, the North Vietnamese rounded up the children fathered by US troops and put them in reeducation camps. Rachid Bouchareb’s Academy Award-nominated “Poussixc3xa8res de vie” (“Dust of Life” in English) looks at some children in one such camp. The protagonists suffer all sorts of degradation in the camp and can only hope to escape.
This, as well as the Khmer Rouge’s killing fields, just go to show how much could’ve gotten avoided had the US not turned Indochina into a Cold War battlefield in the 1960s. I recommend the movie.
Director: Rachid Bouchareb
Writers: Duyen Anh (novel), Rachid Bouchareb
Stars: Daniel Guyant, Gilles Chitlaphone, Jehan Pagxc3xa8s
Country: France | Algeria | Belgium | Germany | Hong Kong
Language: French | Vietnamese
Release Date: 18 January 1995 (France)
Also Known As: Himmel ohne Sonne
Filming Locations: Selangor, Malaysia