Director Jon Bling’s transnational film puts the spotlight on a young woman’s journey of the heart as she deals with intergenerational and intercultural gaps. When Kim (Ann Troung) a young Vietnamese Australian woman, hears about her estranged father’s death, she returns to Vietnam for the first time in 10 years to begin the process of reconciliation and healing.
Caught between two worlds, Kim must decide what she wants to learn and take from her homeland.
In Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), she gets reacquainted with an old extended family friend, Bao, who gives her a local view of the city.
As she explores the dynamics of the place she had left behind, the tension between wanting to forget the past and always remembering begins to fade.
With its completely bilingual dialog, the film shows the language limitations of a Westernized generation and the emotional confusion that comes with navigating what it means to be Vietnamese in today’s hybridized world.
Country of origin: Australia
Director: Jon Bling
Duration: 1 hour and 28 mins.