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2016 Asian American International Film Festival | New York City

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Doat Hon

Directed by Ham Tran

Narrative / Vietnam / 2014 / Drama, Horror, Mystery / 99 mins / Vietnamese with English subtitles / New York City Premiere

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Village East Cinema
July 23, 2016 10:00 pm

Description

Chi, a rebellious 18 year old girl, returns to her home town on the day her rich stepfather, Huy, makes a generous donation to a village temple. At the celebration, her sister, Ai, drowns in a nearby river. When Ai’s uncle Thuc, who is a policeman, travels to a village morgue to identify Ai’s dead body, the girl sits up, very much alive. Thuc brings Ai home to her family, but he doesn’t tell them about her death.

Everything seems to be happy until Ai shows signs of spiritual possession. A shaman is brought in to perform an exorcism, but she is unsuccessful, claiming, “Your daughter is not possessed by a dead spirit, but by a lost soul of a living person”. To investigate the source of her sister’s possession, Chi journeys to the village where Ai was found. What she discovers is a community victimized by human trafficking and child prostitution. There is another little girl, whose tragedy is tied to Ai’s death by a secret, and a vengeful spirit that follows Chi home, and destroys her entire family, as dark secrets unravel and evil unleashes its true visage.


Director's Bio

Born in Vietnam, Ham Tran immigrated to America as a refugee in 1982. His explorations in playwriting, prose, poetry, music, drawing, painting, film and video became a journey to assemble new and lost historical and cultural identity. Tran received his MFA in Directing from the UCLA Film and Television, where his short films won numerous accolades including the title of National Finalist for the Student Academy Awards® for his short films The Prescription (2000) and Pomegranate (2001). Tran’s thesis film The Anniversary won the prestigious USA Film Festival award for Best Short Film, which qualified the film for the 2004 Academy Awards® for Best Live Action Short. In the spring of 2007 Tran released his first full-length feature film, Journey from the Fall, a film about a Vietnamese family’s emigration in the aftermath of the Vietnam War. In 2008, Tran Executive Produced Spirit Award Nominated film “Owl and the Sparrow”, written and directed by Stephane Gauger, and Associate Produced an award winning documentary, “Oh Saigon!” directed by Doan Hoang. Seeing a gap in film US distribution for Vietnamese language films, Tran co-founded Wave Releasing in 2009 with fellow filmmakers Stephane Gauger and Timothy Bui. Since then Tran has helped secure US distribution for popular Vietnamese films such as “Clash”, “Passport to Love”, and “Battle of the Brides”. As an editor, he has edited most of the highest box-office grossing Vietnamese films such as, “Dong Mau Anh Hung (The Rebel)”, “De Mai Tinh (Fool For Love)”, and “Long Ruoi (The Big Boss)”.


Dates & Times

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Village East Cinema
July 23, 2016 10:00 pm