Daughter From Danang


1h 20m 2002

Brief Synopsis

Born to a Vietnamese mother and an anonymous American serviceman, seven-year-old Hiep was part of Operation Babylift, a military operation to relocate Vietnamese children to the United States for adoption. Her mother feared for Hiep's safety if she were to remain in Vietnam and agreed to send her to

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
2002
Location
Danang, Vietnam

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 20m

Synopsis

Born to a Vietnamese mother and an anonymous American serviceman, seven-year-old Hiep was part of Operation Babylift, a military operation to relocate Vietnamese children to the United States for adoption. Her mother feared for Hiep's safety if she were to remain in Vietnam and agreed to send her to the States. Hiep (renamed Heidi) was adopted by a single mother in the small town of Pulaski, Tennessee, where she worked hard to assimilate into American culture. As a young adult, her relationship with her adoptive mother deteriorated, and she commenced a cross-continent search for her birth mother. Through a fortunate coincidence, she found a link to her mother, and the two began a correspondence. She learned that her mother was still living in Danang with her half-siblings and extended family. Heidi decides to make the journey to her native homeland to meet her family and soon realizes just how deep their cultural differences run.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
2002
Location
Danang, Vietnam

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 20m

Award Nominations

Best Documentary Feature

2002

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Miscellaneous Notes

Nominated for two 2003 Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming (Single or Multi-Camera) (Vicente Franco) and Outstanding Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming (Single or Multi-Camera) (Kim Roberts), by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Winner of the Documentary Grand Jury Prize at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival.

Released in United States 2002

Released in United States Fall November 1, 2002

Released in United States January 2002

Released in United States November 15, 2002

Shown at New Directors/New Films in New York City March 22 - April 7, 2002.

Shown at Santa Barbara International Film Festival February 27 - March 3, 2002.

Shown at Sundance Film Festival (Documentary Competition) in Park City, Utah January 10-20, 2002.

Aired in USA on PBS on April 7, 2003 as part of the "American Experience" series.

Released in United States 2002 (Shown at New Directors/New Films in New York City March 22 - April 7, 2002.)

Released in United States 2002 (Shown at Santa Barbara International Film Festival February 27 - March 3, 2002.)

Released in United States January 2002 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (Documentary Competition) in Park City, Utah January 10-20, 2002.)

Released in United States Fall November 1, 2002

Released in United States November 15, 2002 (Nuart; Los Angeles)