Two days with a family moving to a new home

A family must relocate after the authorities decide to repossess the land. Relatives come to help them move their stuff to the new place that happens to be just across the street.

  • Pedro Roman
  • Phương Huỳnh Thị
    Key Cast
  • Tuấn Trần Kim
    Key Cast
  • Khôi Trần Gia
    Key Cast
  • Pedro Roman
  • Khánh Nguyễn Lê Gia
    Sound Mixer
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    25 minutes 14 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 30, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    Viet Nam
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    Viet Nam
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Director Biography - Pedro Roman

Born and raised in Madrid, Spain, his love of film began with his parents’ collection of 500 VHS tapes. He has also lived in London and Saigon, where he made a handful of independent short films. After three years in Vietnam, he started developing The Girl from Dak Lak, with a clear intent to make a movie with a script outline, a non-professional cast, and a minimal crew. This independent, self-funded film is his feature debut.

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Director Statement

In 2020, I shot my first feature film in Saigon. The plot took place in a small local eatery where three waitresses spent their days without much to do. I also cast Ms. Phuong, the real owner of the restaurant, to play herself in the film. Day after day, the crew and cast met at the restaurant to rehearse or to film, during which I established a close relationship with Ms. Phuong and her family. One day, just a week before starting the feature, she told me that they had to move out because the local authorities were retaking the land. The eviction was to be immediate, however, she managed to convince them to defer the eviction date so I could finish my film. To this day, it has been one of the most beautiful gestures that someone has ever done for me. This documentary pays homage to Ms. Phuong and her family, by documenting the move to their new home.