Forty years after the Fall of Saigon, a young Vietnamese woman is among the Vietnam War’s uncounted casualties. Born near fields where American planes sprayed Agent Orange, Thao lives with severe physical deformities. Halfway around the world, a woman in New York is struggling to cope after the sudden death of her famed younger sister. In the midst of her crippling depression, a friend shows Elizabeth a black-and-white photograph from a recent trip abroad. The image haunts Elizabeth. It shows Thao sitting in a wheelchair outside a shed that houses pig feed, fertilizer — and books. Despite her disabilities, Thao had set up a makeshift library for children in her village. The photographer who captured the image had asked, “If you could have anything in the world, what would it be?” Thao replied, “Three hundred dollars, so I could buy more books.” Through this simple request, Thao and Elizabeth are brought together, forging an unlikely sisterhood, transcending language and culture. The two women reflect on the past and confront the present, changing both lives forever. Learn more at www.thaoslibrary.com
Yemen is affected by several conflicts. Two are taking place in the south of the country, where thousands of civilians have been displaced and casualties are reported almost daily. I Know Where I’m Going follows Hussein Saleh – who was born in an area partially controlled by the Al Qaeda affiliated group Ansar Al Sharia – as he networks with the government and other parties to ensure that the International Committee of the Red Cross can carry out its humanitarian mission and visit detainees held by a Jihadist group for the first time.
Zooga Malaga explains the ups and downs of leaving his home country to make a new life in New York City. The film features Malaga’s soothing melodies over beautiful images in the big city.