Check out the 2009 ViFF trailer!
March 5, 2009: Boat People SOS is excited to announce that one of our short films on the growing problem of human trafficking will be screened in April at the Vietnamese International Film Festival (ViFF)! Please watch this space to learn the time and place of the screening, as well as details of the film itself.
ViFF’s mission is to support, celebrate, and project a diversity of visions and voices from filmmakers of Vietnamese descent and films by, for, and about the Vietnamese people and culture.
The festival is an eight-day event uniquely showcasing films made by Vietnamese and Vietnamese diasporic filmmakers. Presented biennially since 2003 by the two nonprofit organizations Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA) and Vietnamese Language & Culture (VNLC), ViFF has featured films from all over the world, including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Poland, United States, and Vietnam.
ViFF is held mainly at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), with some screenings at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and Westminster, Southern California. Each edition, ViFF attracts around 4,000 people coming from all over the world.
BPSOS is grateful to the ViFF panel for selecting this short film on human trafficking, a problem that in many cases has life and death implications for the victims. With tens of thousands of Vietnamese workers being shipped abroad to countries with dismal human rights records, the time is right to raise the alarm through events just such as ViFF!