Directed by Duc Nguyen

DOCUMENTARY / Philippines, USA / 2013 / Documentary, Social Issue / 55 mins / English, Vietnamese with English subtitles / B&W, Color / San Francisco Premiere


Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Duc H. Nguyen follows the stories of Vietnamese refugees who have been living in a condition of statelessness in the Philippines for 16 years while awaiting a rare opportunity for resettlement in the United States. Many may be familiar with the mass exodus of Vietnamese refugees following the 1975 fall of Saigon, but most do not know that there are still Vietnamese refugees seeking asylum today.

STATELESS follows the stories of refugees such as Nguyen Phuc Trong, who has unsuccessfully attempted to escape from Vietnam numerous times since 1975. The great risks that refugees like Phuc Trong take are centered around their anticipation and hope of an opportunity for resettlement. In Manila, lawyer and activist Trinh Hoi and his legal aid center team help the nearly 2,000 Vietnamese “long-stayers” resolve the legal limbo that has rendered them stateless.

Sylvia La

Guests In Attendance:  Duc Nguyen (Director/Producer) for 3/14 screening

Co-presented by OneVietnam and Cal VSA


Executive Producer: Duc Nguyen
Producer: Mai-Phuong Nguyen
Writer: Duc Nguyen
Cinematographer: Kato Takanobu
Editor: Duc Nguyen
Sound: Shoko Hikage, Mark Izu, Tinh Mahoney
Cast: Trinh Hoi, Nguyen Phuc Trong, Nguyen Tan Thanh, Bach Thi Net

Preceded By

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    Employed Identity

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Sundance Kabuki Cinemas
March 14, 2014 5:30 pm
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Sundance Kabuki Cinemas
March 19, 2014 6:30 pm
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