Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Tung Trinh and Duc Nguyen interview


K. Oanh Ha interviews Bolinao 52 filmmaker Duc Nguyen and boat survivor, Tung Trinh, the woman featured in the film. Duc Nguyen explains why he felt driven, as a boat refugee himself, to tell this story. Tung Trinh boarded the boat that became known as the Bolinao 52 in 1988, with her young five year old son, Lam, never realizing the ordeal that they would both endure. The refugees hoped to make it to the South China Sea to be picked up by passing ships. Only two days out, the engine died, and soon food and water ran out and over half of the 110 refugees perished from the hunger, thirst and exposure. Their boat drifted for thirty-seven days before the Pilipino fisherman from the town of Bolinao rescued the refugees. Tung Trinh recounts a remarkable story of survival and the power of the human spirit.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Where is Tung Trinh now? I would like to visit her and thank her.

uchsamin said...

Yes, I agree. Where are you Ms. Trinh? I would also like to say hello, shake your hand, give you a hug, and say thank you for making the documentary come to life with your heart felt straight talk / no-acting, sincerity. We can all feel the emotions you felt by how you presented the story. Glad you made it. Glad your here. Glad you have told the story. May your ship mates who perished rest in peace.

Right Here in My Pocket said...

Thank you for your request to meet Tung Trinh. She wishes to keep her privacy. You can send her a message to this email address info@rhimp.com. We will be happy to forward the note.

Khải Đơn said...

I want to contact ms Trinh Tung. Can you help me to forward the letter to her?