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In April 1975, in the closing days of the Vietnam War, more than 3000 babies were airlifted from Saigon orphanages. Some people saw Operation Babylift as a humanitarian act, others as kidnapping. Thirty years on, this emotionally powerful documentary tells the stories of three of the 281 children brought to Australia. Through candid interviews with them, their adoptive parents, those involved in the airlift and Vietnamese families and politicians, this film explores complex issues of inter-racial adoption and cultural identity, and provides an insight into the political background behind this controversial operation.

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Dai Le
Dai Le
Helen Barrow
Executive Producers
Anna Grieve
Dir. of Photography
Helen Barrow


Dai Le (presenter)

Production Details

Production Completion
Drama, History and national identity
Production Company
Film Australia Limited

Selected Awards & Festivals

  • Singapore International Film Festival
  • Mumbai International Film Festival