THE FRIENDSHIP VILLAGE is an award-winning 50-minute documentary by Canadian filmmaker Michelle Mason about an international group of veterans who collaborated to build a village in Vietnam for children with Agent Orange–related disabilities. Built on a former rice paddy near Hanoi, the Friendship Village stands not only as a symbol of peace and reconciliation, but as a testament to the potential for all people to come to terms with the past, heal the wounds of war, and create a better world.
Following the story of the village’s founder, American veteran George Mizo, THE FRIENDSHIP VILLAGE takes us through his experiences of war’s horror to the personal transformation that led to the birth of his remarkable village. Working alongside the Vietnamese general responsible for killing his entire platoon in 1968, George and others from the USA, Vietnam, France, Germany, Japan, Great Britain and Australia are attempting to mitigate the ongoing effects of the toxic herbicide sprayed during the war. Their efforts are a powerful example of how average people can still make a profound difference in our increasingly globalized world. As such, the Vietnam Friendship Village has the potential to change not only the lives of the children who live in it and the men who build it, but all who come to understand its mission.
- Grand Jury Prize, Best Documentary, Best Director of a Documentary at the 2003 New York International Independent Film & Video Festival
- Silver Hugo for Best Social/Political Documentary at the 2003 Chicago International Television Awards
- Columbine Award for Best Documentary at the 2003 Moondance International Film Festival, Boulder, Colorado
“THE FRIENDSHIP VILLAGE is an extraordinarily moving and powerful film. It is by turns heartrending and inspiring. Centering it on the experiences and thought of Vietnam veteran George Mizo was a brilliant idea. I believe the film is a proper tribute to the life of this remarkable human being. I hope this film will be seen by large numbers of young people, to remind them of what the UN charter calls”the scourge of war.”
Individuals who make a donation to Vietnam Friendship Village Project USA may request a DVD of THE FRIENDSHIP VILLAGE as a premium. For information, contact VFVP-USA via email at: info [at] vietnamfriendship [dot] org.
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