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Shortly after the Fall of Saïgon, internal disruption further destroys North and South Vietnam. Northern Soldiers are convinced the Southern population has become corrupted by imperialistic ideas. Determined to change the Southern population, North Vietnamese Soldiers (Bo Doi) roam the streets picking up orphaned boys for transport to rehabilitation camps. Living conditions at these camps are deplorable, especially for Bob, Son and Shrimp who are struggling to survive at the Phu Van camp near the Cambodian border. They discover a hidden bamboo grove near the river and attempt to escape by building a raft and riding the rapids to freedom

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Born in Paris to an immigrated Algerian family, Rachid Bouchareb has been questioning immigration, rootlessness and mixed cultures, since his first film. Nominated to the Best Foreign Film Oscar with Poussières de Vie (Dust of Life) in 1995, he found critical and public success with Little Senegal (2001), greater accolades with Indigènes (Days of Glory), the multi-award winning film and major hit at the French box office and the 2010 Oscar Nominated Hor-la-loi (Outside the Law).

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Samuel Augustus Jennings on December 25, 2011
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My daughter's former boyfriend's mother is Vietnamese who tried to conceal his black father's true identity which angered and frustrated her son for many years. I am not sure if she's ever admitted the truth. He is a tall goodlooking brown skin guy who looks like an African-American basketball player. I feel sad for the boys in this movie and real life children in Vietnam who desperately want to connect with distant fathers who have abandoned them. "Darkie" is one of the sad characters in this highly emotional film.

I am trying to contact the ex-boyfriend to share this movie which might salve his wounds.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard on February 22, 2014
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The 'Dust', of course, in the title refers to the orphaned children, many of them born of American soldiers during the period of the Vietnam war (and many of them abandoned by those American soldiers). Vietnamese people often referred to them after the war as children of the dust as many were orphaned and forgotten by their American fathers.

One of those children was my Daughter. But never forgotten, but for a twist of fate, as I searched for her and her mother for 15 years until 1990 when I finally found them. So this story touched my heart in a very powerful way.

English sub-titles are hard coded in to the film and are easy to read. But I really believe that you could still follow along with the story line without them if they weren't available. The film is that powerful. If you are interested in life in Vietnam immediately following the fall of Saigon in 1975 and what life was like for children of the 'dust', you will enjoy this movie
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B. on August 2, 2011
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I thought this movie was better than the 'run of the mill' movies based on a true event.
Boys taken off the streets and herded into the forest, where they were made to work all day...real hard physical work.
Guarded by soldiers with guns, who weren't afraid to use them...there was evidence of physical punishment..
This one boy (who could write) started a diary...then (with two other boys) planned an escape...
The escape went well...'till things started going wrong. I won't mention more, as it may spoil your enjoyment of the movie.
Well worth watching
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