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 Công Binh, the Lost Fighters of Vietnam

Công Binh, the Lost Fighters of Vietnam

A Feature film by Lam Lê

Produced by ADR Productions

Release in France : 30/01/2013


    On the eve of World War II, 20,000 Vietnamese men in French Indochina were forced into labor in arms factories to replace French workers who'd left for the front. Mistaken for soldiers, blocked in France after the 1940 defeat, at the mercy of the German occupying forces and collaborationist bosses, these civil workers known as "Cong Binh" led a parias' life during the Occupation. They were rice cultivation pioneers in the Camarque and unjustly thought of as traitors in Vietnam, although they all supported Ho Chi Minh in the country's independence in 1945.

    Twenty survivors, five of whom died while the film was being edited, in Vietnam and France talk about their experiences. They recount the here and now of colonialism and give accounts of the opprobrium they, and even their children, encountered.

    A moment from the history between France and Vietnam that has shamefully been erased from the collective memory.


    Production and distribution (3)

    Executive Producer :

    ADR Productions

    French distribution :

    ADR Productions

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Doc & Film International

    Photos (16)

    Full credits (11)

    Executive Producer :

    Pascal Verroust

    Line Producers :

    Pascal Verroust, Lam Lê

    Directors of Photography :

    Lam Lê, Hoang Duc Ngo Tich

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Michaël Morlon

    Sound Editor :

    Julien Ngo-Trong

    Sound Mixer :

    Philippe Grivel

    Assistant director :

    Agnès Fanget

    Screenwriters :

    Lam Lê, Pierre Daum

    Sound Recordist :

    Mathieu Descamps

    Editor :

    Lam Lê

    Music Composer :

    Lê Cat Trong Ly

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Vietnamese, French

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    Nationality :

    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 56 min

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    Audio format :

    Digital 5.1