Vietnam 2021, 92 min, Vietnamese and Hmong, English subtitles

If not for the possibility that sometime soon, a man will kidnap her to marry her, one could easily mistake Di for a typical teenage girl. Constantly on her phone, the 12-year-old shows a budding interest in boys, fights with her mother over chores, and plays with her friends in the misty countryside. Except Di is one of the Hmong people, an insular, traditional community living in the mountains of North Vietnam, where the custom of kidnapping child brides is still observed. Di’s mother and sister have gone through it, but Di has absorbed different values and finds it hard to believe that her childhood is about to come to a sudden end. Director Diem Ha Le has followed Di through three tumultuous years of adolescence and captured her attempts to make sense of the divide between tradition and her dreams.

Previous Festivals: IDFA, Titanic Budapest International Film Festival

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Screening Schedule:
  • Mon 30.05 | 16:45 | Cinematheque 1
  • Wed 01.06 | 12:45 | Cinematheque 3
  • Fri 03.06 | 21:15 | Cinematheque 5
  • Sat 04.06 | 18:00 | Cinematheque 3
  • Watch Online | The film will be available From May 26th until June 5th

HÀ Lệ Diễm was born in 1991 in Tay ethnic minority group living in the mountains of Northeast Vietnam. She left her hometown to study journalism at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Hanoi, from where she graduated in 2013. “Children of the Mist” is her first feature documentary film project. She is a “Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program Grantee.”

Production: Swann Dubus & Trần Phương Thảo
Production Company: Varan Vietnam
Editing: Swann Dubus
Cinematography: Diem Ha Le

Source: CAT&Docs