Children of the Mist
In a village hidden in the mist-shrouded northwest Vietnamese mountains, an indigenous Hmong community is home to twelve-year-old Di, part of the first generation of her people with access to formal education. A free spirit, she happily recounts her experiences to Vietnamese filmmaker Diem Ha Le, who embedded herself in Di’s family over three years to document this unique coming of age. As Di grows, her carefree childhood gives way to an impulsive and sensitive adolescence, a dangerous temperament for what will happen next; in this insular community, girls endure the controversial but accepted tradition of “bride kidnapping.” One night, Di’s parents return from celebrating the Lunar New Year to find that their daughter has disappeared. Winner of the Best Directing award at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, Diem’s film is a tender portrait of a community caught between tradition and modernity with one girl tragically stuck in the middle. Directed by Diem Ha Le. 92 minutes. Not rated.