Fri 13 May | 17:15 | Studio/K Introduction by Director Thi Hien MAI
Fri 13 May | 19:30 | Oba Oosterdok Panel Discussion
Bay and Tam are a Vietnamese couple who have been living in Germany for thirty years. They work as office cleaners by night and spend their time online in the day, maintaining a virtual connection to their homeland through Skype and karaoke chat rooms. But when a storm destroys their house in Vietnam, their virtual bubble bursts and their different priorities become evident. Bay sees her future forming in Germany, especially with the anticipated birth of her grandchild, while for Tam it becomes more important than ever to focus on his family in Vietnam. An elegant and moving illustration of diasporic life, MEIN VIETNAM captures the uncertainty of belonging and the feeling of being torn between two homes.
Director: Thi Hien MAI, Vietnam
Films: Mein Vietnam (2020) is her first cinematic work
Director: Tim Ellrich, Germany
Films: The Quiet Zone (Short 2019), Sara the Dancer (Short 2017)
Awards: First Steps Award – German Newcomer Award, Hot Docs – Top 20 Audience Favorites