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Indochina, Traces of a Mother

Indochina, Traces of a Mother

Section: Long Films

Country: Benin - France - Vietnam

Production Year: 2011

Runtime: 71 min

Director: Idrissou Mora Kpai

Cinematography: Jacques Besse

Editor: Rodolphe Molla

Synopsis: The film tells the story of African colonial soldiers fighting for the French in Indochina between 1946 and 1954 where over 60,000 African soldiers were enlisted by the French to fight (Viet Minh), League for the Independence of Vietnam. Little known is also that children born of marriages between these soldiers and Vietnamese women were shipped back to Africa by the colonial army after the war, never again to see their mothers.

It illustrates the stories of some of these African soldiers including the story of Christophe, a 58 year old Afro Vietnamese man, who now in his adulthood grapples to come to terms with his past.