A Moonless Night: Boat People, 40 Years Later

Genre:  Documentary
Running Time:  86 min.
Release Date: November 21, 2016 (limited)

Current rating: Rating: 4.80
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Cast: Thi Be Nguyen, Kim Thúy, Sénator Ngo, Doan Trang


On the night of April 30, 1975, when the Communists of North Vietnam invaded the South, which had been governed by a democratic government, several inhabitants desperately sought to flee this new totalitarian regime. In tens of thousands, they piled up on makeshift boats, hoping to escape the vigilance of their enemy brothers and make their way to the coasts of Hong Kong, Malaysia, Kenya, Laos or Thailand. For those who made it, it was just the beginning of a long journey to a country that would welcome them.

Forty years later, some of these "boat people" recounted their hazardous voyage at sea, their arrival at Quebec’s Longue-Pointe military base, and the challenges of their integration into Quebec society.

Director: Marie-Hélène Panisset
Studio: Les Films de l'Hydre and UniAction Films
Producer(s): Thi Be Nguyen
Screenplay: Thi Be Nguyen, Marie-Hélène Panisset
Official Site: amoonlessnight.com

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  • 5 stars "A must see film for anyone who remembers the arrival of the Boat people many years ago. And since history tends to repeat the same patterns over and over, what can we understand from their stories in order to become a better society."
  • 5 stars "Touching documentary, Bravo!"
  • 5 stars "A great documentary to watch, made with heart and great purpose. We all need to understand the roots of the communities making up the landscape of our country."