Container

A group of Vietnamese nationals is making their way to an unknown location in a shipping container to find a better life. Mai, a 16-year-old girl, connects with different passengers on the journey to find out why they are risking everything. As they get closer to the promised land, they are met with hunger and desperation that would push them to the limit of human existence.

  • Erin Hembrador
    Director
    Mansanas, Piece of Mind
  • Quan Luong
    Director
  • Erin Hembrador
    Writer
    Mansanas, Piece of Mind
  • Quan Luong
    Writer
  • Erin Hembrador
    Producer
    Mansanas, Piece of Mind
  • Quan Luong
    Producer
  • Giang Le
    Key Cast
    "Mai"
  • Ben Doan
    Key Cast
    "Huy"
  • Huyen Pham
    Key Cast
    "Linh"
  • Si Nguyen
    Key Cast
    "Lam"
  • Quan Luong
    Director of Photography
  • Quan Luong
    Editors
  • Erin Hembrador
    Editors
  • Jordan Moreau
    Production Designer
  • Willow Harvey
    Costume Designer
  • Dexter Artates
    Music Composer
  • Markus Henkel
    Camera Operator
  • Ryan Offenloch
    1st AC
  • Nathan Flores
    2nd AC
  • Nate Bower
    Gaffer
  • Jesse De Rocquigny
    Key Grip
  • Toby Zheng
    Location Sound Mixer
  • Josh Dreger
    1st AD
  • Leon Pham
    Set Decorator
  • Elena Sturk Lussier
    Covid PA
  • Connor Vu
    EPK
  • Calvin Henrion
    Picture Car
  • Erin Hembrador
    Foley
  • Toby Zheng
    Foley
  • Karen Remoto
    Foley
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 18, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    11,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Language:
    Vietnamese
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1.85:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Erin Hembrador, Quan Luong

Hembrador and Luong have only been working together since 2019 on Erin's previous film Mansanas, where Quan worked as a DOP and Colourist, but immediately realized they were a good working team and decided to further pursue projects together as producing and directing partners on their current film “Container” .

Erin’s short film Piece of Mind has taken home Festival Awards across Canada while also gaining her a nomination for Best Manitoban Director at the 2018 Gimli Film Festival. Her film Mansanas is now complete and is being prepped for the festival market.

Quan Luong is a Vietnamese filmmaker working in Winnipeg as a cinematographer & colourist on TV shows, Documentaries, and Commercials.

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Director Statement

"Container" is a very personal project of mine, I wanted to tell a Vietnamese story that's not about the war because there is a lack of representation from Vietnam in North American cinema. Through the film, Erin and I explored a different side of human trafficking and why some people would risk everything and choose this journey. - Quan Luong