Award Winning Documentary: Children of The Mist
The Children of The Mist documentary gives us an inside look at the life of a Hmong girl in Vietnam as the world struggles to evolve.
Di is a child who has hopes and dreams and, also, the fragility that comes with the teenage years.
In her community, marriage by abduction (bride kidnapping) is an accepted practice.
The film is informative as we learn about the complexities of this practice through Di and her family.
It’s painful to watch at times knowing that she is a real girl and not an actor, but it’s good to learn about things that are uncomfortable.
I wish the best for Di.
Release Date 2/14/23
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 Diễm Hà Lệ, who planted herself within 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 this 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.
Hà Lệ Diễm
Phuong Thao Tran
Ma Thi Di
Hmong with English Subtitles
Official Trailer: Children of The Mist
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