My Vietnam

a film by Tim Ellrich, Thi Hien Mai

My Vietnam

Germany | 2020 | 70:00 min

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Bay and Tam are a Vietnamese couple who have been living in Germany for the past 30 years. They work as office cleaners by night and rarely come into contact with German society. By day they spend all their time online, maintaining a virtual connection to their homeland via Skype and karaoke chatrooms. But when a storm destroys their house in Vietnam, their virtual bubble bursts. Tam desperately tries to organize the repairs remotely, while Bay’s priorities begin to shift, and she studies German in anticipation of the birth of their grandchild in Germany. She sees her future forming there, while for Tam it becomes more important than ever to focus on his family in Vietnam. Is home a place or a state of mind? Mein Vietnam is a vivid illustration of living in two places at once, and that duality’s consequences on marriage, family and a sense of belonging. (Hot Docs, Angie Driscoll)
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival

42 IFF Max Ophuels Preis
36 DOK.fest Munich
Best Feature Documentary – 50 SEHNSUCHT Student FF
Cast and Crew
  • Director Tim Ellrich, Thi Hien Mai
  • Producer Leopold Pape
  • Director of Photography Tim Ellrich
  • Editor Tobias Wilhelmer
  • Sound Leopold Pape, Tim Ellrich, Marco Schnebel, Volker Armbruster
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Production Company
Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg GmbH
Akademienhof 10, 71638 Ludwigsburg

Phone: +49 7141 9690
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