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Rachid Bouchareb

Poussières de vie (Dust of Life)

87' - 1995 - Drama - Dialogue: Vietnamese, French
Director: Rachid Bouchareb Composer: Safy Boutella With: Daniel Guyant, Gilles Chitlaphone, Jehan Pagès
1975: The Communist Army defeats the South Vietnamese Forces, Saigon falls while US troops leave hurriedly. Many of these American soldiers leave a woman and children behind. Son is one of these Amerasians. Two months after the fall of Saigon, the new government launches a large "reeducation program" for the children roaming the streets of the city. They will be placed in "work camps". Taken away by the Bo-doï, Son and other children are being crammed into trucks, then hauled across the country to the Northern High Plains, in search of a camp. Once at the camp, the kids are forced to work at clearing the land. They are submitted to revolutionary order and ethics.

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Rachid Bouchareb


Safy Boutella


Daniel Guyant, Gilles Chitlaphone, Jehan Pagès


Rachid Bouchareb, Bernard Gesbert

Director of Photography

Youcef Sahraoui


Hélène Ducret


Jean Bréhat

More information


Vietnamese, French

Countries of production

Hong Kong, Belgium, Algeria, Germany, France

Screenplay based on

"La Colline de Fanta" (Duyen Anh)



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