Screening at the Cinema Bad Saarow
DI is a 13-year-old girl living in a North Vietnamese village. She is lucky to be one of the first generation of children to have access to education, but she must convince her parents that studying is not a waste of time and money. She would otherwise be trapped in the village all her life, “just like a frog in a well”.
DI belongs to the Hmong ethnic minority, where women traditionally marry from the age of 12. In this society, marriage is associated with a controversial and dangerous tradition: “bride kidnapping”. When a boy is interested in a girl, he organises her abduction before forcing her into his own home.
“Children of the Mist” is a documentary about the conflict between tradition and self-determination. Director Dien Ha Le received the Best Director Award at Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.