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Dust of Life

A Feature film by Rachid Bouchareb

Produced by 3B Productions

Release in France : 18/01/1995

    Synopsis

    Son , the child of a black American officer, and his Vietnamese mother are trying to leave Vietnam. But without American documents, they are forced to stay. On coming home from school one day, Son is picked up by the Bô-doï (Vietnamese soldiers) who arrest the children roaming the streets of Saigon. Orphans, shoeshine boys or delinquents, they are the "dust-specks of life" of a decomposing world. Packed into 2 trucks, eighty children are ferried to the "rehabilitation camps". There, they are forced to work on clearance and have to submit to the order and ethics of the revoluion. All escape attempts end in the "tiger cage" before the departure for "Fanta Hill", whose terrible secret Son will come to understand. With Bob and little Haï, he decides to risk an escape attempt and build a raft to sail down the river to the Mekong and from there to Saigon, the sea and perhaps even... the USA.

    Actors (4)

    Production and distribution (5)

    Executive Producer :

    3B Productions

    Foreign production companies :

    Salon films, Paradise Films, TV München - TMG

    French distribution :

    Swift

    Co-productions :

    Arte France Cinéma, Hamster Productions

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Pyramide International

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    Subject

    "Vietnam and the USA have tried to forget these children, these "dust-specks of life" as they were called in Ho Chi Minh City, the former Saigon. These children, with their half-breed faces, are too vivid a reminder of the war. Having found another Franco-Vietnamese director concerned by the same issues, we decided to work together on the adaptation of Duyên Anh's novel "La Colline de Fanta". Shooting this film for me was a continuation of the subject matter that I tackled in "Cheb", my previous film : the blending of races and cultures."
    (Rachid Bouchareb)

    Full credits (10)

    Executive Producer :

    Jean Bréhat

    Screenwriters :

    Bernard Gesbert, Rachid Bouchareb

    Sound Recordist :

    Didier Saïn

    Editor :

    Hélène Ducret

    Music Composer :

    Safy Boutella

    Author of original work :

    Duyên Anh

    Directors of Photography :

    Youcef Sahraoui, François Paumard

    Press Attachés (film) :

    Thierry Lenouvel, Isabelle Buron

    Production Designer :

    Iskandar

    Costume designer :

    Simonetta Mariano

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Production language :

    French, Vietnamese

    Coproducer countries :

    Hong Kong, Algeria, Germany, Belgium, France

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    Majority French (Hong Kong, Algeria, Germany, Belgium, France)

    Production year :

    1994

    French release :

    18/01/1995

    Runtime :

    1 h 27 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    80.423

    Visa issue date :

    09/01/1995

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    CinemaScope

    Posters (1)

    Director

    Festival Selections

    Academy Awards - 1996

    Academy Awards (United States, 1996)

    Selection

    Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film