Precious Cargo

Adoptees from Vietnam who were taken to the United States via Operation Baby Lift in 1975 return to their homeland 25 years later.

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PBS Plus Presentation
Premiere Date
May 1, 2002
60 minutes
Funding Initiative
Open Call
  • Award laurels-r Created with Sketch.
    2001 Columbus International Film & Video Festival-Chris Statuette
  • Award laurels-r Created with Sketch.
    2002 Deadline Club-Award for Best Feature Reporting on Television
  • Producer

    Pham Quoc Thai


    Janet Gardner

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    The Film

    Precious Cargo follows adoptees from Vietnam in search of their history and culture in their homeland, visiting orphanages and maternity hospitals and revisiting the history of Operation Baby Lift. The documentary also features interviews with the pilot of the first flight and the pioneering adoptive parents of the 1970s who began a movement that has redefined the American family by embracing mixed race and handicapped children as their own.