Mein Vietnam

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Film Info
Country Listing:Germany
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2020
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:World Showcase
Film Subjects:Families & Family Relationships
Race & Multiculturalism
Science & Technology
South & Central Asia
Western Europe
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Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Tim Ellrich
Thi Hien Mai
Producer(s):Leopold Pape
Editor(s):Tobias Wilhelmer
Writer(s):Tim Ellrich
Cinematography:Tim Ellrich
Sound:Leopold Pape
Tim Ellrich
Marco Schnebel
Volker Armbruster


Bay and Tam are a Vietnamese couple who have been living in Germany for the past 30 years. They work as office cleaners by night and rarely come into contact with German society. By day they spend all their time online, maintaining a virtual connection to their homeland via Skype and karaoke chatrooms. But when a storm destroys their house in Vietnam, their virtual bubble bursts. Tam desperately tries to organize the repairs remotely, while Bay’s priorities begin to shift, and she studies German in anticipation of the birth of their grandchild in Germany. She sees her future forming there, while for Tam it becomes more important than ever to focus on his family in Vietnam. Is home a place or a state of mind? Mein Vietnam is a vivid illustration of living in two places at once, and that duality’s consequences on marriage, family and a sense of belonging. Angie Driscoll

This film includes a pre-recorded Q&A.

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