The fall in Journey From the Fall
refers to the collapse of Saigon after the U.S. pulled out of Vietnam in 1975. The film, written and directed by second-generation Vietnamese American Ham Tran, chronicles one familys struggle to leave their torn homeland and start a new life in America. But after the father -- a former officer in the South Vietnamese army -- becomes separated from his wife, son, and mother, each begins an expedition that takes some horrific turns. The dad ends up in a re-education camp, where captives spend their days combing cornfields for leftover mines. The rest of the clans harrowing escape entails life-threatening illness, brutal weather, and deadly pirates. The movie jumps around chronologically, juxtaposing scenes from 1975 through 1981. Its a grand epic told in an old-fashioned style (complete with breathtaking cinematography and a sweeping score). Its also a heartbreaking tale of survival and adaptation.
Sat., May 26, 7 p.m.; Sun., May 27, 7 p.m.