Private Project

Another Exodus

A fishing village wakes up in the murmur of predawn prayers, and has its daily life lapped by turbulent breakers. Living in that buzzing environment, villagers from old fisherman to younger generations are still quietly recalling the good old days while waiting for what’s coming up next.

Every 50 or 60 years, there must be an Exodus. Now they have to run away from a fierce force of nature: the climate change. Prosperous neighborhoods have turned to poor fishing villages, fertile fields and fruitful orchards have been swept by seawater intrusion. And coastal erosion has forced churches and villages to migrate year after year.

  • Le Nguyen
  • Le Nguyen
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Environment, Climate Change
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 4 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 7, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Viet Nam
  • Country of Filming:
    Viet Nam
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  • Climate & Environment International Film Festival 2017
    March 24, 2017
    World Premiere
    In Competition
  • Kota Kinabalu International Film Festival 2017
    Kota Kinabalu
    July 16, 2017
    In Competition
  • Voices from the Waters International Traveling Film Festival 2017
    October 18, 2017
    South Asia Premiere
Director Biography - Le Nguyen

Le Nguyen, a filmmaker, TV producer, journalist in Vietnam.

He attended BERLINALE International Film Festival 2017 as the representative of Hanoi International Film Festival (HANIFF 2016) after winning the Grand Prize for The Best Talent of the 4th HANIFF Campus, and an official guest invited by the Federal Government of Germany.

In 2018, he was selected to be one of 250 filmmakers to join BERLINALE Talents, the World #1 Cinema campus/networking platform. His film project, “My Wife is a Prostitute. And I give her rides to work.” was presented at Short Film Station to filmmakers and production houses around the world.

Then the sequel-like “Into the S-zone” has received the “Crossing Borders” Grant by Robert Bosch Stiftung and Literarisches Colloquium Berlin to be filmed in Germany.

He won the 2nd-Best Short Film of 2013 at "Life through Film" Festival by Vietnam Cinema Association.

His films have so far joined in competitions, exhibitions and been screened at more than 20 international film festivals and cultural events around the world, from Southeast Asian countries to Japan, India, United Kingdom, Sweden, Portugal, Romania, Germany, Italy and USA.

His outstanding “Talking to My Best Friend” documentary has been exhibited in Sweden, at the Museum of World Culture (Gothenburg) and Ethnographic Museum (Stockholm) from 2015 to 2018.

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On the BERLINALE Talents / Berlin International Film Festival:

On the Southeast Asia Documentary Filmmakers database:


* Documentaries:
1. “Solutions for life”, 2009
2. “Sunrise in a small lane”, 2010
3. “Negative”, 2011
4. "Talking to my best friend", 2013
5. “Wheel of Life”, 2013
6. “Secret Shelters”, 2016
7. “Another Exodus”, 2017
8. “Flowing”, 2018
9. “My Wife is a Prostitute. And I give her rides to work.”, (Berlinale Talents/Short Film Station) 2018
10. “Into the S-zone”, 2019

* Short fiction:
1. “The Escapee”, (Second-Best Short Film 2013” prize by Vietnam Cinema Association), 2013
2. “True & False”, 2013

TV series:
1. “Very Vietnamese” (2 nominations of 2008 DCTV Viewers’ Choice Awards), 2008-2009
2. “Journey to Light” (on channels of VTV and VCTV), 2009-2011

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Director Statement

"I have always loved show business and have always enjoyed making people happy through that medium" (quoted MJJ)