VIETNAMERICA | Vietnamerica is a documentary about the largest refugee group in the nation.
Master Hoa, Vietnam, South Vietnam, refugee, documentary, movie
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Vietnamerica will be showing

on Oct 2nd, 2pm at the

Strand Theater

543 Columbia Rd.  Rd,

Boston, MA 02125

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For the Boston-area

Vietnamerica screening 

Poster

VIETNAMERICA is the feature-length

follow up to the award-winning

short doc, Master Hoa’s Requiem


MASTER NGUYEN TIEN HOA

The film follows Master Hoa back to Southeast

Asia to search for the graves of  his wife and two children.

Having escaped escaped Vietnam in 1981 on a boat with his family

friends, Hoa is the only survivor

CAST

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MASTER NGUYEN HOA

Master Hoa serves as the principle character in Vietnamerica. He is the highest ranked master of Vietnamese Vovinam in the US. He currently lives outside of Ft. Worth, TX where he teaches martial arts.

During the war, Hoa was an instructor for the South Vietnam Special Forces. After the defeat of the South, he was sent to a communist re-education camp for three years. Once released, Hoa and his family were forced to flee to avoid further persecution.

Sorley Interview

Lewis Sorley, Ph.D.

Lewis “Bob” Sorley is a Vietnam veteran, graduate of West Point, and holds a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins. He is a Vietnam War historian and author of, A Better War, which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. The book was also on a mandatory reading list at the Pentagon and White House during both the Bush and Obama administrations.

Turner Inter

Robert Turner, Ph.D.

Turner is the Associate Director at the Center for National Security Law at University of Virginia. He has also taught at Westpoint and the U.S. Naval War College. He was a national security adviser to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has also worked at the Pentagon and White House and has testified before more than a dozen different congressional committees on issues of international or constitutional law and related topics.

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General VIET Luong

General Luong is the first Vietnamese-American general in the US military. As a child, Luong fled Vietnam by helicopter in the last days before Saigon fell. He has served in Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Haiti.

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Nguyet Anh Duong

Anh is noted as the “scientist who developed the bomb that ended the war with Afghanistan,” earning her the title “Bomb Lady” in the Vietnamese Community. She was awarded the Dr. Arthur E. Bisson Prize for Achievement in Naval Technology and the National Security Medal for significant contribution to the nation in activities related to national security. Since 2009, Anh has been the Director for the Borders and Maritime Security Division within the United States Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate

Tang Story

Thanh Tu Tran

Thanh was a Captain in the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces and the son of Attorney Tran Van Tuyen, former Prime-Minister of South Vietnam. He spent 15 years in communist prison.

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Huong Thu Duong

Huong is a Vietnamese author and political dissident. Formerly a member of Vietnam’s Communist party, she was expelled from the party in 1989, and has been denied the right to travel abroad. She was temporarily imprisoned for her writings and outspoken criticism of corruption in the Vietnamese government. Though she is one of Vietnam’s most popular writers, her books are banned in the country by the central communist government.

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Khuc Minh Tho

Tho was the president of the Families of Political Prisoners Association and an active member of the Humanitarian Operation (H.O.) Program. She spent her life helping Vietnamese political prisoners qualify for asylum in the US.

FILMMAKERS

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Nancy Bui

Executive Producer

Mrs. Bui is the founder and President of the Vietnamese American Heritage Foundation (VAHF). The VAHF is a non-profit organization formed in 2004 to record the Vietnamese Americans immigrant experience for educational and public awareness purposes. The VAHF has collected over 200,000 pages of documents, materials, and pictures related to the history of Vietnamese Americans, especially the group of former Political Prisoners. This collection is housed at the Vietnam Center at Texas Tech University.

Mrs. Bui escaped from her homeland by boat with her two young children in 1979. In 1988, she published “Bot Bien,” meaning “Sea Foam”, a novel describing the hardships and drama of Vietnamese boat people who fled Vietnam in search of freedom.

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Scott Edwards

Director

Scott Edwards is an Austin-based director and principle of Edwards Media. With a Fine Arts degree from University of Texas, Edwards quickly gained recognition in the Austin film community by winning awards three years in a row at the Austin 48-Hour Film Project in the categories of Best Director (2010), and Best Film (2011 & 2012). With the feature length “VIETNAMERICA”, Edwards is making his directorial and festival debut in 2015.

CONTEXT

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The Fall of Saigon 

April 30, 1975 marked the end of the Vietnam War, with South Vietnam being defeated by North Vietnam. The surrender ushered in an era of communist control and persecution of anyone associated with the U.S. or former South Vietnamese government.

130,000

The number of Vietnamese closely associated with the US or the South Vietnamese government were evacuated by plane or helicopter in the last days before the Fall of Saigon

Communist Rule 

The people of South Vietnam faced execution, imprisonment, property confiscation, and indefinite unemployment by the new regime. 

1 million were sent to re-education camps

1 million had their property confiscated

100,000 were executed without trial

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The Boat People 

Between 1975 and 1995 over 2 million Vietnamese fled the country by any means to escape communist persecution.

1.2 million fled by boat

800,000 arrived safely to another country

200-400,000 died at sea 

Vietnamese Americans  

The largest political refugee group in the US today.

1.8 million in US

600,000 in Cambodia

300,000 in France

300,000 in Taiwan

200,000 in Australia

160,000 in Cananda

 

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CONTACT

For questions or comments, please contact Nancy Bui

of the Vietnamese American Heritage Foundation.

Phone: (512) 844-9417

Email: nancy@vietnameseamerican.org