CHILDREN OF THE MISTDirected by HÀ LỆ DIỄM
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.
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 are shocked to find that Di has disappeared.
CHILDREN OF THE MIST is an Oscar-shortlisted feature documentary and winner of the Best Directing award at IDFA. Documenting Di’s coming of age story over the course of three years, Vietnamese filmmaker Diễm Hà Lệ offers a tender portrait of a community on the cusp between tradition and modernity, and one girl tragically stuck in the middle.
Content warning: Depictions of violence.
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