Công Binh, The Lost Fighters of Vietnam

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Công Binh, la longue nuit indochinoise

Công Binh, The Lost Fighters of Vietnam


by Lam Lê

Vietnam - France


Công Binh, la longue nuit indochinoise

Director: Lam Lê

Screenplay: Lam Lê, Pierre Daum d'après son livre Immigrés de force

Cinematographer: Lam Lê, Hoang Duc Ngô Tich

Editing: Lam Lê, Jonathan Delpeint

Sound: Mathieu Descamps

Music: Lê Cat Trong Ly

Cast: Liao Fan, Gwei Lun Mei, Wang Jingchun Yu Ailei, Wang Xuebing

Production : ADR Productions


ADR Productions 
53 rue des deux communes
Phone: +33 (0)1 79 63 17 20

Year : 2012

DCP, Color, 116 min, Vietnamese with French subtitles

With the support of ACSE

On the eve of Second World War, 20,000 Vietnamese from French Indochina are recruited by force to be sent to armaments factories and fill in for French workers who are on the German front. Mistakenly considered as soldiers, they are stuck in France after the 1940 defeat and handed over to the mercy of the German occupying forces and collaborator bosses. These civil workers called Cong Binh lead a life of pariah during the Occupation. They pioneered rice cultivation in Camargue. Unjustly considered as traitors to Vietnam, all of them yet supported Ho Chi Minh for the independence of the country in 1945.

The film found about twenty survivors in Vietnam and in France. Five of them died during the editing of the film. They witness today how colonialism was experienced in their daily life, and vouch how they were all held up to public opprobrium, including children. A chapter of the history between France and Vietnam shamefully conceived from the collective memory.

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