Women's Film Screening: Children of the Mist

George Town Festival








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Duration: 92 minutes without intermission
Doors Open: 30 minutes before the show
Recommended for: 3 years old and above

12-year-old girl Di harbours strong ambitions within her. Yet, the cultural tradition of bride kidnapping in her North Vietnamese village threatens these aspirations.

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Jul 2024

8:00PM (GMT+8)

*post-show talk session

About the Show

Director: Hà Lệ Diễm
Country: Vietnam
2021, Feature Documentary, 92 minutes
Language: Hmong and Vietnamese with English subtitles
Age Suitability: All ages
After the screening, there will be an in-person sharing and Q&A session with Hà Lệ Diễm (1 hour).

In the misty mountains of a remote North Vietnamese Hmong community, 12-year-old girl Di harbours strong ambitions within her. Yet, the cultural tradition of bride kidnapping threatens these aspirations.

As puberty hits, her personality shifts. Once carefree, she turns into an impetuous teenager constantly arguing with her mother over relationships she is not mature enough to handle. On Lunar New Year's Eve, when Di's parents come back home after celebrating, the house is silent: Di has disappeared.

This documentary focuses on a girl torn between archaic traditions and modern freedom. It is a study of girlhood, an exploration of generational trauma and the old customs that trap the younger generation.

Video Teaser

Children of the Mist won the Award for Best Directing and the First Appearance Award – Special Mention in 2021 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), the world's largest documentary film festival. This documentary authentically captures the traditional practice of "bride kidnapping", prevalent among the Hmong people in the northern mountainous regions of Vietnam. 

Additional & Accessibility Info

  • Age Suitability: All ages.
  • Language: The film will be in Hmong and Vietnamese with English subtitles.

Artist Bio

Hà Lệ Diễm

Born into the Tay ethnic group in Northeast Vietnam, Hà Lệ Diễm left her hometown at age 18 to study Journalism. Children of the Mist is her first feature documentary film project, winning awards at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, Hong Kong International Film Festival, Cork International Film Festival, among others. She is a Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program Grantee.

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