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Children of the Mist


Di is a 12-year-old girl living in a village lost in the mist of the Northwest Vietnamese mountains. She belongs to the Hmong ethnic minority where women get married very young, enduring the controversial tradition of “bride-kidnapping”. By the time Di enters puberty, her personality has changed drastically. The carefree little girl has turned into an impetuous, hypersensitive teenager constantly arguing with her mother who is trying to keep her away from reckless relationships that she is not mature enough to handle. On the Lunar New Year's Eve, when Di's parents come back home after celebrating, the house is silent: Di has disappeared.



92 minutes

Hmong, Vietnamese with Arabic subtitles


Director: HÀ Lệ Diễm

Producers: TRẦN Phương Thảo & Swann DUBUS

Production Company: Varan Vietnam
Cinematography: HÀ Lệ Diễm

Editing: Swann Dubus
International Sales: CAT&Docs
Awards: Cinéma du Réel 2022 | Winner: Clarens Prize for Humanist Documentary Filmmaking

Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival 2021 | Winner: Best Directing (International)

Visions du Réel 2022 | Winner: Perception Change Project Award

Munich International Documentary Festival 2022 | Winner: DOK.fest Award of SOS-Kinderdörfer weltweit

Screening Dates

Ramallah, Arab American University, Wednesday 02.11 16:00
Jerusalem, The French Institute in Jerusalem - Chateaubriand, Saturday 05.11 17:00