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      Oh, Saigon

      2007 57 min. Documentary List
      Reviews 88% 100+ Ratings Audience Score A family attempts to heal its divided past and heal physical and emotional wounds following war. Read More Read Less

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      Greg W A must-see for anyone interested in the Vietnam War, from a more personal standpoint, a seminal and honest doc about Vietnamese experiences of the Vietnam War centering on a family who left on the last helicopter and left a daughter in a heartbreaking story when she suffers through harrowing #boatpeople experiences. The filmmaker finds brothers of her father, one who fought on the communist side and one anti-war and finds the sister to find out their war and post war experiences. A very raw look at family dynamics, of people going through divisive paths. I first saw it in college and have seen it several times and get something new out of it each time. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 09/30/22 Full Review Audience Member I'm watching this wrenching documentary on streaming Netflix and it's touching me on many levels, first as a Vietnam vet who served a year in Saigon where this family lived - and escaped on the day before the city fell to the North Vietnamese Army in 1975. Secondly, I'm watching it as that naive young Army captain, a two-time participant in that tragic civil war that American hubris and ignorance drew us into and that destroyed or separated millions of Vietnamese families like this one. And, thirdly, I'm also experiencing it as a kind of expatriot from my own family, too, in a sense, and appreciating the healing and uplifting power of family as I watch this Vietnamese family living a refugee's life in an American culture largely alien to them in Louisville, KY, finally make their journey back to their homeland after thirty years in the States - and see the reconciliation between the brothers, one of whom the father of the family hadn't seen in sixty years. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Audience Member A beautifully told personal movie about how family relationships change and don’t change when going through a traumatic event such as war. Shot over a period of 5 years, Oh, Saigon is about a family who have a lot of different perspectives, from the Fall of Saigon, to the boat people, to assimilating as refugees and their children in America, and those who stayed in Vietnam after the war on both sides. I have seen this movie several times and get more and more out of it with each viewing. Highly recommended. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 12/31/17 Full Review Audience Member Awesome film about a family in the Vietnam War. Very real, deep & honest. It's good to see the Vietnamese side of the war, instead of the way they were portrayed in American movies. It makes other Vietnam war films seem very limited in perspective. This film takes the war from the angles of not just soldiers, but of women affected by war as well. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/15/23 Full Review Audience Member Really amazing documentary about a Vietnamese family in the Vietnam War - a side that we don't get to see much in the US. Very revealing and moving. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member I can't wait to see this. Especially because my friend Christina Goodness helped shoot it! :) Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

      Movie Info

      Synopsis A family attempts to heal its divided past and heal physical and emotional wounds following war.
      Director
      Doan Hoang
      Executive Producer
      John Battsek, Frank Campbell, Julie Goldman
      Screenwriter
      Doan Hoang, Bret Sigler
      Genre
      Documentary
      Original Language
      English