Germany 2020 – Director: Hien Mai, Tim Ellrich – Original language: Vietnamese – Subtitles: English, German – Length: 70 min.

Bay and Tam have never properly learnt German. The married couple stay in close contact with their Vietnamese family online. As they grow older, they ask themselves whether they want to live in Germany, where their first grandchild is about to come into the world, or in Vietnam?

The subtitles are selectable in the audio settings of the video.

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Hien Mai

Hien Mai works interdisciplinary in the fields of film and art. After studying art history and art education in Frankfurt am Main and Madrid, she worked as an artist liaison for Ai Weiwei. She currently works at Deutsches Filminstitut & Film Museum in Frankfurt a.M and in various intercultural projects.


Tim Ellrich

Tim Ellrich studies Scenic Directing at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. Previously he studied Philosophy and Theater, film and media studies in Vienna. His films were screened at over 400 international festivals and won numerous awards. MY VIETNAM had its world premiere at Hot Docs in Toronto. 


QUIET ZONE, 2019 (scenic short film)
SARA THE DANCER, 2017 (experimental short film)
TWO WINDOWS, 2016 (live-action short)
THE BATHTUB, 2016, (scenic short film)
THE OUTCASTS, 2015 (live-action short)


Student Award

Outstanding documentary films by students from film schools in German-speaking countries. The films are nominated for the Megaherz Student Award, endowed with 3,000 euros.


English/Original Title: MY VIETNAM. Camera: Tim Ellrich. Sound: Marco Schnebel, Volker Armbruster. Editing: Tobias Wilhelmer. Production: Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. Producer: Leopold Pape. International Sales: Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

Student Award 2021

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