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Brothers from Vietnam - The Story of the Lais and the Bessais (16/52)

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Grade Level: JrH-Adult
Producer: White Pine Pictures
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 30 mins
Country of Origin: Canada
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 1999
Available in French: Yes

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Carl Bessai's “Brothers from Vietnam” is the personal story of the filmmaker's family who sponsored a Vietnamese family of “Boat People” in 1979. In the turbulent years following the end of the Vietnam War, the Lai family made the treacherous journey out of their homeland. The Lais were among so many of their countrymen who managed to survive 20 years of civil war and famine, and took the opportunity to rebuild their lives in Canada. In “Brothers from Vietnam”, Carl Bessai looks back on childhood memories. He was a boy of 12 years when the Lais arrived. Carl's mother opened their home to the Lais, and both families maneuvered around cultural obstacles to become life-long friends. In French: Mes frères du Vietnam