On the eve of the Second World War, twenty thousand Vietnamese people were recruited in French Indochina and forced to work in French weapon factories to stand in for French workers sent to fight the Germans. Mistaken for soldiers, they were stuck in France after the defeat in 1940. During the Occupation, these workers, called Cong Binh, were left at the mercy of the Germans and lived like pariahs. They were pioneers in rice culture in the Camargue. Wrongly accused of betraying their native Viet Nam, they were patriots who rooted for Viet Nams independence in 1945. The film follows two dozen survivors in Viet Nam and in France, five of whom died during the editing of the movie. They tell us today about their everyday life in a colonized country. Here is a page of the history between France and Viet Nam which has shamefully been erased from the collective memory.
Official Site: www.congbinh.net
Director: Lam Lê
Writer: Lam Lê and Pierre Daum
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