Experiencing Interruptions?

Lullabies for Lost Children

Lullabies for Lost Children is a project about family and migration. Longing for your family. Longing across borders.
More specifically it’s about Vietnamese women who stayed behind when their children fled the country. Interviews with the women in Vietnam is interspersed with recordings from the Copenhagen premiere of a contemporary music piece based on traditional Vietnamese lullabies.

  • Anders Haahr Rasmussen
  • Ly Tran
  • Marco Stoltze
  • James Black
  • Anders Haahr Rasmussen
  • Ly Tran
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Music Video
  • Runtime:
    22 minutes 22 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 2, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    45,000 EUR
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  • Country of Filming:
    Viet Nam
  • Language:
    English, Vietnamese
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Director Biography - Anders Haahr Rasmussen, Ly Tran

Anders Haahr Rasmussen (born 1979) is a Danish writer based in Copenhagen. He has worked in television and radio, and has written a handful of books. His work focuses mainly on feminism, masculinity and post-colonialism. He holds an MA in Journalism from the University of Southern Denmark and and MA in Sociology from The New School for Social Research in New York.

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Director Statement

We wanted to explore the migrant experience from a different perspective. A de-centering of the narrative: The perspective of those who stayed behind. What was it like, as a parent, to see your children flee?
This is a project that tries to build bridges. For Ly Tran, personally, there is the bridge between her early years as a poor child in a Vietnamese village and her life as a classical singer living in a European capital. But it’s also a bridge between East and West in general. Between our ideas about the primitive and the civilized. Between the lullabies, these intimate songs, and the classical compository music with it’s proud traditions and central place in our cultural canons. Bridging these contrasts is not easy. Migrants and refugees know this. Their lives are all about bridging contrasts. The chaos of that. Hopefully this film and this project will give you an experience of what that’s like.