Kieu@ – dir. Do Thanh An

Original Film Title: Kieu@

Director’s Name: Do Thanh An (Aaron Donald)

Writer’s Name: Doan Minh (Alma), Do Vien Bach (Osacars), Do Khiet Linh Dan (Venezia), Do Thanh An (Aaron Donald)

Producer’s Name: Do Quoc Tuan, Do Thanh An (Aaron Donald), Do Mai Nhat Tuan, Ly Nuoi, Minh Thien

Country of Origin: Viet Nam

Country of Filming: Viet Nam

Language: Vietnamese

Runtime: 1 hour 48 minutes 41 seconds

Film Description:

Kieu (or Thuy Kieu): is the name of a famous character in the poetic work “The Tale of Kieu” by the great poet Nguyen Du (1765-1820). “Kieu” or “Miss Kieu” is also a slang, used to refer to girls who are unfortuntate due to the lack of money, wanting to save their family,… have to accept a life of prostitution in Vietnam. “Kieu @” refers to modern girls who have are unfortunate, living at “the bottom” of modern society and taken advantage for prostitution, being despised, having no way out. This is The human dilemma that so many women have endured over the past 2500 years.

The woman’s suffering particularly, and the pain that we suffers generally, however different in social context and historical circumstances, are similar in some aspects despite the era-gap, especially in psychological problems. The message transcending throughout the film guides us toward the sacredness of sacrifice, sympathy and sharing from blood familiars, to overcome the hardship and obstacles in life together. Family means no one is left alone with their own pain.

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