Children of the Mist

Dir. Diem HÀ Lê, 2021, 90 min


Missouri Theatre Fri, Mar 4 1:45 PM
The Picturehouse Sat, Mar 5 9:30 AM
Rhynsburger Theatre Sun, Mar 6 8:00 PM
Film Info
Original Language:Hmong


Thirteen-year-old Di is a vibrant Hmong girl living in the misty North Vietnamese mountains. In a community insulated for centuries, girls often marry young and are subjected to “bride kidnapping.” During the Lunar New Year, boys arrange bride abductions primarily without consent. Di fears the custom’s negative impact. She’s witnessed others’ forced kidnappings and her parents’ volatile union resulting from the practice. She’s determined to pursue an education rather than marry, but ancient traditions aren’t quickly reformed. Over three years, first-time feature director Diem HÀ Lê captures the fleeting childhood and increasingly indefinite future of a girl stuck between tradition and modernity. An astounding debut, it took home two awards at IDFA 2021, including Best Directing. It’s a sensitive portrayal of a community facing rapid change while scrutinizing a system that denies women autonomy. (RR)