Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Sending You A Warm Fire For Cold Nights

Hope this would warm you up from RIGHT HERE IN MY POCKET


Give a gift to the generations to come.  By donating a BOLINAO 52 DVD to a library, you are giving the gift that lasts a lifetime.  In the month of December, you can purchase a BOLINAO 52 DVD for a SPECIAL PRICE of $50, 50% off the normal public library price, and donate to a library of your choice.  To find the libraries near you please go to  Then place an order online or call 707-927-4355 with a credit card.  Include the name and address of the library you chose and we'll send the DVD on your behalf.

BOLINAO 52 Educational DVD comes with a discussion guide which is designed to assist with the following discussion activity after watching the film.  The discussion guide can be downloaded for free here.

Don't miss this opportunity and order your GIFT OF A LIFETIME NOW.


HAPPY HOLIDAYS from the BOLINAO 52 team.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Guest Speaker @ Salon! You're ON. (Dec. 12, 2009)

I will be speaking at this Salon Dec. 12, 2009.
Please come out.
Eth-Noh-Tec Studio. 977 So. Van Ness Ave. San Francisco CA 94110

Friday, October 23, 2009

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-CA)- Bolinao 52 Fundraiser (2005)

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez of Santa Ana, CA spoke at the Bolinao 52 Fundraiser in Westminster, CA, 2005.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Actor Kieu Chinh- Bolinao 52 Fundraiser, 2005

Vietnamese American veteran actor Kieu Chinh spoke at an early fundraiser for BOLINAO 52 at NGUOI VIET Community Room in Westminster, California. July 2005

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

BOLINAO 52 Discussion Guide is available online

BOLINAO 52 Discussion Guide is here. After a long awaited anticipation, we are proud to announce the release of The BOLINAO 52 Discussion Guide. Written by Maxine Einhorn and Duc Nguyen, the guide helps users create a presentation or program that fit their needs. Whether it is in the classroom, board meeting or focus group, the Discussion Guide, coupled with the Bolinao 52 educational DVD, will provide the presenter a complete presentation which leads to a focused discussion on topics ranging from humanities, history, immigration, war and its effect, international policy, psychology or Asian American studies.

 The guide can be downloaded for free at:

The guide's aim is to provide recommendations for an effective use of the film. We are open for suggestions and comments. Feel free to contact us:

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

BOLINAO 52 in Poland this weekend

It's been a busy summer as we are cooking up some new projects and preparing for a distribution campaign for BOLINAO 52. This weekend it will be shown in Poland. Here is the link (if you can read Polish).
Stay tuned, we will have more news and updates soon.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Emmy Award Ceremony 2009, San Francisco CA

Mark Izu and Duc Nguyen accepted EMMY Awards.
Palace Hotel, San Francisco- May 16, 2009

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

A Bolinao 52 Reunion

Tung Trinh, Bolinao 52 survivor and Bill Cloonan, former Chief Petty Officer from the USS Dubuque embrace the EMMY. 
June 1, 2009

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Comments From TV Audience

It is a touching documentary film that will tell a lot of stories about human struggle, passion to live, fighting for freedom and goodness of other people. We will appreciate what we have when we consider the sacrifices and sufferings of our elders. It is nice to see our roots and to be rooted in the stuggle of the people and to bear fruits of freedom, peace and joy.

Antonio Abuan, MS

Diocese of San Bernardino

I tried to save a Vietnamese suicide victim by giving her mouth to mouth resusitation in 1986.  She had died around4 1/2 hours early unbeknownst to me.  She lived in my former house in Elmhurst, N.Y..  I can't remember her name but she was also a refugee and her entire family was wiped out in Vietnam.  I wonder if she was one of the survivors of this boat.  I am heartbroken I was unable to be there earlier to save her.  I had befriended her without language understanding but was seeking an interpreter at the time to help her get the help she needed.  I just saw the documentary on WLIW and it broke my heart the Captain refused to be a humanitarian and save all these people.  Anyway, thank God everyone is in peace now.  I am looking forward to speaking to you.  I can get her name if you're interested.  Pray for the refugees and Veterans this weekend please?  

I really wish I could somehow inform any possible family she had so they know what happened to her.  But.........from what the Chinese people at my former address there told me at the time, she was alone because her whole family was wiped out in Vietnam.  Still I always think about her, pray for her and hope if there IS some family that I could get in touch with them or maybe find out if she was on the boat so I can somehow be helpful.  Thanks so much for doing this documentary.  It truly did touch my heart and hurt me so much.  If it was me out there on the boat and saw these Vietnamese people I probably would have gone against my captain only in this case as it was a matter of life and death.

Victoria Mary Stong

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Bowers Museum Screening

Thuy Nguyen, CFO, Linda Kahn, Vice President of Education, Bowers Museum and Duc Nguyen
Lam Phan and Tung Trinh present a commemorative plaque to USS Morton former Commander Corwin "Al" Bell.

Tung Trinh, Bolinao 52 survivor and Duc Nguyen, director

Photos courtesy HUNG DOAN

Emmy night photos

Photos courtesy Merritt Grooms

Sunday, May 17, 2009

..and the EMMY goes to: BOLINAO 52!


BOLINAO 52 "swept' the Emmys on Saturday evening 5/16/09 winning:

1) Outstanding Achievement in Documentary to Duc Nguyen

2) Outstanding Music Composition to Mark Izu

In his acceptance speech, Duc dedicated the award to his mentor and the "Mother Asian American Film" Loni Ding, Prof. of Ethnic Studies @ UC-Berkeley, who is recovery from a severe stroke, since last we saw her at our home for POTLUCK & A DOC, in April. (Please send healing love to Loni for her speedy and full recovery!)

We also dedicate this award to the 2.0 million Vietnamese Boat People around the world who remind us of the 'high price' of freedom'.

Last but NOT LEAST, you have a few more opportunities to catch the B52 on PBS stations during ASIAN HERITAGE MONTH of May:


TUE 05/19/2009 2:30 AM


TUE 5/19/09 @ 3am and 2pm

Corpus Christi TX- KEDT

WED  05/20/2009 11:00 PM

New York NY- WLIW

FRI 05/22/2009 12:00 AM and MON 05/25/09 4:00 AM


SAT 5/30/09 11pm AND SUN 5.31.09 5am

Finally, Cheers and gratitude to the B52 Team whose love and faith brought VOICE & VISIBILITY to Vietnamese Boat People last night and for generations to come!


Duc & Mai-Phuong

Wednesday, April 29, 2009


We are excited to announce that BOLINAO 52 is nominated for the 38th Annual NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AREA EMMY® AWARD. The film is nominated for two categories: Documentary and Musical Composition/Arrangement. The EMMY® award is presented for outstanding achievement in television by The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The Emmy® statuettes will be presented at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco on Saturday, May 16, 2009.

For a complete listing of the nominees go to:


In May, Bolinao 52 comes to a PBS station near you. Following is a current list of stations and airdates. We will keep this list updated as information are available. Please confirm with your local listing.

Missoula MT-KSKC 05/03/2009 Sun 5:00 PM, 05/10/2009 Sun 5:00 PM
Los Angeles CA-KCET 05/10/2009 Sun 2:00 PM
Washington DC-WETA 05/09/2009 Sat 11:00 PM
Denver CO-KBDI 05/10/2009 Sun 12:00 AM
San Diego CA-KPBS 05/04/2009 Mon 12:00 AM
Cincinnati OH-WCVN 05/11/2009 Mon 3:00 AM
Cincinnati OH-WKON 05/11/2009 Mon 3:00 AM
Louisville KY-WKPC 05/11/2009 Mon 3:00 AM
Louisville KY-WKZT 05/11/2009 Mon 3:00 AM
Lexington KY-KET 05/11/2009 Mon 3:00 AM
Lexington KY-WKHA 05/11/2009 Mon 3:00 AM
Lexington KY-WKLE 05/11/2009 Mon 3:00 AM
Lexington KY-WKMR 05/11/2009 Mon 3:00 AM
Lexington KY-WKSO 05/11/2009 Mon 3:00 AM
Charleston Huntington WV-WKAS 05/11/2009 Mon 3:00 AM
Charleston Huntington WV-WKPI 05/11/2009 Mon 3:00 AM
Paducah KY- Cape Girardeau MO- Harrisburg KY-WKMU 05/11/2009 Mon 3:00 AM
Paducah KY- Cape Girardeau MO- Harrisburg KY-WKPD 5/11/2009 Mon 3:00 AM
Evansville IN-WKMA 05/11/2009 Mon 2:00 AM
Evansville IN-WKOH 05/11/2009 Mon 2:00 AM
Bowling Green KY-WKGB 05/11/2009 Mon 3:00 AM
Harlingen Welasco Brownsville Mcallen TX- KMBH 05/12/2009 Tue 9:00 PM
Salt Lake City UT-KUEN 05/13/2009 Wed 9:00 PM 05/17/09 Sun 2:00 AM
San Jose CA-KTEH 5/13/2009 Wed 11:00 PM and Thu. 05/14/09 5:00 am
Indianapolis IN- WTIU 05/17/2009 Sun 11:00 PM
Chicago IL-WYCC 5/17/2009 Sun 8:00 PM
Corpus Christi TX- KEDT 05/20/2009 Wed 11:00 PM
Buffalo NY- WNED 05/19/2009 Tue. 2:30 AM
Sacramento Stockton Modesto CA-KVIE 05/17/2009 Sun 11:00 PM, 05/19/2009 Tue 3:00 AM, 05/19/2009 Tue 2:00 PM
New York NY- WLIW 05/22/2009 Fri 12:00 AM and 05/25/09 Mon 4:00 AM
San Francisco CA-KQED World 5/30/2009 Sat 11:00 PM and 5/31/2009 Sun 5:00 AM

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

BOLINAO 52 : Remembrance, Reconciliation and Healing

Contact: Duc Nguyen, Film Director
510-593-5395 or

BOLINAO 52 : Remembrance, Reconciliation and Healing
With a Special RECOGNITION AWARD presentation to honor

SUNDAY, APRIL 26, 2009- 1 – 4 PM
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana, California 92706

$15 General Public
$12 Museum Members (Tickets available online at or the museum’s box office.)

March 23, 2008 --- Following the end of the Vietnam War in 1975, millions of refugees took the perilous voyage across the South China Sea to find freedom. Many died of drowning, starvation and thirst. Some were lost at sea for days while others were pillaged and raped by pirates. More than thirty years later, filmmaker Duc Nguyen, himself a boat refugee, retraces the odyssey of the Bolinao 52 – and reveals an incredible tale of survival, reconciliation and closure.

One hundred and ten refugees boarded a crowded boat one night in May 1988. Soon after leaving Vietnam, the boat’s engine died. They were ignored by over 20 passing ships. Nineteen days later, the USS Dubuque stopped but the ship’s captain refused to pick up the dying refugees. Facing death, they resorted to cannibalism. After 37 days at sea, only 52 people survived. Finally, humble fishermen rescued them to the coastal town of Bolinao in the Philippines. This is the true story of the Bolinao 52.

The event will culminate with a discussion panel on remembrance, reconciliation and healing that welcomes audience participation. A wine reception with light refreshments will cap off the program.

The panelists include:

Duc Nguyen, Filmmaker – A former boat person, the making of Bolinao 52 was a personal mandate for filmmaker Duc Nguyen to educate the world about the struggles of refugees. Due to the phenomenal response by international audiences to this film, especially from overseas Vietnamese viewers, he wants to use this landmark film to foster intergenerational and interdisciplinary dialogue and counseling.

Mai-Phuong Nguyen, MD, Associate Producer - Former co-chairperson of the student advocacy group, Project Ngoc-UC Irvine during the peak of the boat people’s plight against forcible repatriation back to Vietnam in the late 1980s. Dr. Nguyen brings extensive social and health advocacy experience along with her clinical expertise as a physician, to discuss how this film can be used to promote healing as well as cultural competency training for healthcare professionals serving immigrant populations.

Xuyen Dong-Matsuda, PsyD, Psychologist/Social Worker – A clinical consultant for the Orange County Asian Pacific Islanders Community Alliance and several other non-profit organizations with over 20 years experience serving ethnic communities, Dr. Dong-Matsuda will field questions. She has spoken on mental health issues on several Vietnamese radio and television shows and contributes regularly to print media. In 2004, the OC Register named her one of the Top 30 Vietnamese Americans to Watch.

BOLINAO 52 is a co-production of Duc Nguyen and the Independent Television Service (ITVS), produced in association with the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) and KTEH Public Television, with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). Additional funding is provided by All Roads Film Project and Pacific Pioneer Fund.