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won the First Steps Award for Best Documentary!

"All wars are fought twice, the first time on the battlefield, the second time in memory."(Viet Thanh Nguyen)

Germany 2023 / Documentary / color / 90 min / German, Cantonese, Vietnamese / subtitles: German or English


His mother blames communism, his uncle an inheritance dispute, the others fall silent. Director Dieu Hao Do explores the fragmentation of his family. The American War in Vietnam scattered them across three continents. Nearly 50 years after their escape, contact between the seven family members has all but broken down. How have traumas from persecution and violence inscribed themselves on the bodies and souls of the survivors and their children? After the Fall of Saigon on April 30 in 1975, more than 1.5 million people fled the communist regime, many of them including the director's family belonging to the Chinese minority there.

More Screenings

FIRST STEPS 2023: Lange Nacht des jungen Films Berlin | (13.10.2023)
Fr, 13.10. 20:00 fsk-Kino deU


FILMZ – Festival des deutschen Kinos Mainz | (02. – 12.11.2023)
Mi, 08.11. 19:30 Cinestar Mainz deU


Sinema Transtopia Berlin | (02.11.2023)
Do, 02.11. 20.00 Sinema Transtopia engU

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Director Dieu Hao Do

“We know the war in Vietnam primarily through the perspective of the American war memory machine. Other perspectives seem foreign to us. HAO ARE YOU offers one of the many untold counter-narratives from the global Asian diaspora, a post-migrant perspective that asks questions about connections between family history and the past of war.”

Dieu Hao Do, is a Chinese-German writer, director and film activist. His films explore new perspectives on historical memory of the American war in Vietnam. With the aim of empowering new BIPOC voices for storytelling, he leads film workshops and is involved as a mentor and for #diversityinfilm. He is a Berlinale Talent alumni and a member of the non-profit initiative BERLIN ASIAN FILM NETWORK (BAFNET), which has been committed to differentiated representations of Asian Germans in film and television since 2012.


Author + Director: Dieu Hao Do

DoP: Florian Mag

Editing: Franziska Köppel, Werner Bednarz, Torsten Striegnitz

Music: Delphine Malausséna

Sound Design + Mix: Azadeh Zandieh

Production Manager: Bettina Morlock

Commissioning Editor: Burkhard Althoff

Producer: Andrea Ufer

a HANFGARN & UFER production

research funded by Grenzgänger-Programm Robert Bosch Stiftung and Literarisches Colloquium Berlin

in co-production with ZDF - Das kleine Fernsehspiel

in cooperation with Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF

funded by Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg and Nordmedia