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Children of the mist

In a village hidden in the mist-shrouded Northwest Vietnamese mountains resides an indigenous Hmong community, home to 12-year-old Di, part of the first generation of her people with access to formal education. A free spirit, Di happily recounts her experiences to Vietnamese filmmaker Hà Lệ Diễm, who followed Di's family over the course of three years to document this unique coming of age. As Di grows older, her carefree childhood gives way to an impulsive and sensitive adolescence, a dangerous temperament for what will happen next. In her insular community, girls must still endure the controversial but accepted tradition of 'bride kidnapping.' One night, when the young girl's parents return home from celebrating the Lunar New Year, they are shocked to find their house is silent: Di has disappeared.

MWT rating: NR.|||adult

Bonus: Q&A with director Hà Lệ Diễm at DCTV's Firehouse Cinema


Vietnamese audio; English subtitles.
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