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The story of a family of Vietnamese refugees reunited briefly after ten years.
Series : Real Life | Year : 1988 | Total Duration : 75 Minutes | Producer : Macek Rubetzki
Director : Tony Wheeler |
Exterior Pham family house, black labordor dog sitting on front step and family leaving for family picnic. CU of three white geese. Exterior LS of the family terrace house. Interview with father about the sadness of leaving Vietnam and his parents behind. Colour photograph of his parents and photograph of his son, Kiet. Titles. Subtitled.
Access No. 132895 | 3 mins 18 secs | 1980s | Marrickville, NSW, Australia | © NFSA - Permissions Required | Colour |
Arrivals at Sydney Airport with Pham family welcoming their son Kiet. Inside Pham home, Kiet watching video of his welcome home. Women preparing food. Father makes speech and guests toast Kiet's return. Family discuss their separation and the dangers of their journey by boat to Australia. POV from car drive through streets of Marrickville. Pham boys at Flemington markets. Mrs Pham unloading food, dog eating from ice cream container. Mr Pham and sons picking herbs from garden and talking to man in singlet about herbs. Plane over head and WS of row terrace houses. Subtitled.
Access No. 132897 | 9 mins 48 secs | 1980s | Marrickville, NSW, Australia | © NFSA - Permissions Required | Colour |
CU on hose nozzle watering garden. Mr Pham scaling fish, girls watching karate movie on television. Mr Pham reading newspaper, Mrs Pham at sewing machine. Mrs Pham preparing food in kitchen. CU on black labrador . Mr Pham speaks affectionately about the dog. Kiet and Mr Pham give directions to daughter trying to reverse car from driveway. Peace sign painted on brick wall. VS of high school students. Migrants in adult English language class, male teacher is a priest. VS of migrants repeating English words after teacher. Subtitled.
Access No. 132898 | 9 mins 6 secs | 1980s | Marrickville, NSW, Australia | © NFSA - Permissions Required | Colour |
CU on drill and MS on Vietnamese man holding bolts to drill head. VS of mechanics workshop. POV ground to air of plane in flight. Low angle MS of Leichhardt Post Office. Tung Pham working in sorting room of Post Office. CU of woman's hands threading material through the foot of sewing machine, high angle shot of Mrs Pham sewing. Kiet Pham talks about the Vietnamese child's duty to suppport their parents. LS of row terrace houses and young Vietnamese boy twirling a baton on front verandah. MS of one of Pham children studying at night. Two of sons playing an organ and VS of family activities in house at night. Subtitled.
Access No. 132899 | 4 mins 39 secs | 1980s | Marrickville, NSW, Australia | © NFSA - Permissions Required | Colour |
Sign at entry to Australian Taxation Office and Mr Pham with son and daughter in foyer. VS of Mr Pham seeking advice about his taxation. CU of female taxation officer. VS of Pham house decorated for Christmas. Pham children playing organ and guitar and singing Vietnamese song about fighting in the war. Mr Pham and son, Kiet waiting in foyer of Department of Immigration & Ethnic Affairs, Mr Pham describes how Kiet escaped from Vietnam. Subtitled.
Access No. 132900 | 12 mins 38 secs | 1980s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA - Permissions Required | Colour |
Mr Pham seeks help from bilingual information officers to interpret forms from the Department of Immigration & Ethnic Affairs. Interpreter explains that Kiet needs 60 points to gain residency. They add up his points which only come to 55. VS of traffic and busy streets. Mr Pham and son Kiet sit at bus shelter and discuss their situation being materially no better than in Vietnam but that they have freedom in Australia. Kiet says he had heard that Australia was a racist country and Mr Pham says all countries are racist They discuss the painof leaving their homeland, being stateless and refugees and never seeing the grandparents again. Subtitled.
Access No. 132901 | 7 mins 37 secs | 1980s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA - Permissions Required | Colour |
Interior of Pham household, cooking in kitchen. Mr Pham reading Vietnamese newspaper , Saigon, about a memorial service for war heroes being held outside the Viet-cong Consulate in Canberra (22.2.1985) and the requirement for refugees attending to wear white as it symbolises death and mourning. Discussion between film director Tony Wheeler and Tung Pham about whether they would return to their homeland if they were needed to fight.Subtitled.
Access No. 132902 | 2 mins 32 secs | 1980s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA - Permissions Required | Colour |
The Pham family arrive at memorial in Canberra for Vietnamese refugees to honour their war heroes (22.2.1985). Demonstration march and rally behind black banner with Vietnamese writing, people carrying placards. Police searching people's bags. Speakers at microphone outside embassy. VS of ceremony and burning incense. Vietnamese people donate blood to write protest to Australia Parliament in blood letting ceremony. Large gathering singing. Subtitled.
Access No. 132903 | 4 mins 22 secs | 1980s | Canberra, ACT, Australia | © NFSA - Permissions Required | Colour |
Plane overhead, MrPham working on his car, young Tung practising karate movements, Mrs Pham at sewing machine. Mr Pham posting medicine (panadol) to his brother and mother in law in Vietnam. Pham explains that he can't send too many tablets as they are heavily taxed by the Vietnamese government. Pham at post office mailing packages.LS of terrace houses and plane overhead. The Phams discuss Kiet's return to Holland. Low angle shot of Qantas bulding inSydney, CU of sign Qantas Travel centre, MrPham and Kiet waiting in foyer. Subtitled.
Access No. 132904 | 5 mins 18 secs | 1980s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA - Permissions Required | Colour |
Interior Pham family home, Mr Pham on telephone trying to change Kiet's return flight to Holland. Difficulty with being understood so Mr Pham asks interpreter, Pauline, to talk to Qantas on the telephone. Problem not resolved for the Phams. CU of telegraph wires with plane overhead in background. Kiet talking about migrating to Australia but not being very hopeful. Mr & Mrs Pham in ritual offering and prayer in front of alter, burning incense. Kiet and tung playing guitars outdoors. VS of religious icons at alter in family home. Mr Pham discusses his sadness of his son Kiet returning to Holland.Subtitled.
Access No. 132905 | 9 mins 10 secs | 1980s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA - Permissions Required | Colour |
Tung Pham playingthe organ while Kiet gets ready to leave for airport for his return to Holland. Mr Pham dressed in a suit. Pham family at departure lounge at the airport having dificulty understanding instructions at the check in desk. Mr Pham with tears in his eyes watches Qantas plane taxiing on runway and then in take off. Subtitled.
Access No. 132906 | 3 mins 43 secs | 1980s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA - Permissions Required | Colour |