Oh, Saigon

A family attempts to resolve its divided past when three brothers who fought against one another in the Vietnam War confront their differences.

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PBS Plus Presentation
Premiere Date
May 1, 2008
60 minutes
Funding Initiative
Open Call
  • Award laurels-r Created with Sketch.
    2008 Los Angeles Asian American Film Festival-Grand Jury Prize
  • Nominated laurels-r Created with Sketch.
    2008 SFFilm Festival-Best Documentary Feature
  • Award laurels-r Created with Sketch.
    2008 Brooklyn Arts Council Film and Video Festival-Best Feature Documentary
  • Producer/Director

    Doan Hoàng


    John Battsek

    John Battsek conceived and produced Passion Pictures’ first feature, One Day in September, which went on to win an Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary and an Emmy in 2000. Battsek has since accrued a slate of over twenty-five acclaimed documentary films including: Restrepo (Academy Award nominated 2011); The Tillman Story (Academy Award Show more shortlisted 2011); Once in a Lifetime; In the Shadow of the Moon; My Kid Could Paint That, and Sergio. More recently, John produced Stones in Exile – a heady time-travel trip back to the summer of 1972 and the making of the Rolling Stones iconic album “Exile on Main Street”; the film premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival in Directors’ Fortnight. Passion Pictures also premiered Academy Award winner James Marsh’s new feature documentary Project Nim at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival as the opening film and the film is shortlisted for the 2012 Academy Award for Documentary Feature. John has also recently executive produced Better This World, a fascinating and deeply troubling domestic counter-terrorism case involving two young men and the FBI informant who may have entrapped them; and Bob and the Monster, which chronicles the life of charismatic singer/songwriter Bob Forrest, from his days as front man of the Indie rock band “Thelonious Monster.” His most recent film Searching for Sugar Man, premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Show less

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    The Film

    A Vietnamese family attempts to resolve its divided past when three brothers — one capitalist, one communist, one anti-war — who fought against each other in the Vietnam War meet again after decades and confront their differences. Meanwhile, two first generation Vietnamese American sisters try to reconcile a difficult past that altered the course of their lives.