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Dust of Life

Dust of Life

A Feature film by Rachid Bouchareb

Produced by 3B Productions

Release in France : 18/01/1995


    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 :

    Salons Films Ltd., Paradise Films, TV München - TMG, IVP

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    Co-productions :

    Arte France Cinéma, Hamster Productions

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Pyramide International

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    "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 (16)

    Executive Producers :

    Jean Bréhat, Rachid Bouchareb, Jean Bigot

    Line Producer :

    Charles Wang

    Foreign Producer :

    Charles Wang

    Sound Recordist :

    Didier Saïn

    Press Attachés (film) :

    Thierry Lenouvel, Isabelle Buron

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    Music Composer :

    Safy Boutella

    Sound Mixer :

    Thierry Sabatier

    Author of original work :

    Duyên Anh

    Screenwriters :

    Bernard Gesbert, Rachid Bouchareb

    Director of Photography :

    Youcef Sahraoui

    Camera Operator :

    François Paumard

    Editor :

    Hélène Ducret

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    Costume designer :

    Simonetta Mariano

    Still Photographer :

    Roger Arpajou

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    Feature film

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    Production language :

    French, Vietnamese

    Coproducer countries :

    France, Hong Kong, Algeria, Germany, Belgium

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    Nationality :

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

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    Runtime :

    1 h 27 min

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    Posters (1)


    Festival Selections

    Academy Awards - 1996

    Academy Awards (United States, 1996)


    Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film