Catalogue Number: BF0015
Producer: Bishari Films
Subject: Documentary, Global Studies, Guidance, Health, History, Politics, Social Sciences, Sociology, World History
Grade Level: 9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 1997
Running Time: 48:00
If there was a photograph that captured the horrific nature of the Vietnam War it was that of a nine-year-old girl running naked down a road, screaming in agony from napalm burns. In telling Kim’s story, Shelley Saywell makes poignant use of news footage of that time, when the dreadfully wounded little girl ran to journalists at the scene for help, help that was extended heroically. She interviewed the doctors and journalists who 25 years ago ensured Kim’s survival.
Saywell accompanies Kim Phuc on a remarkable odyssey to Washington’s Vietnam memorial Wall, as part of the U.S. Veterans Day ceremonies. There, dignitaries struggled to hold back the tears as Kim, still in their minds the little girl, made it clear that her mission was one of forgiveness and a wider healing.
“What is so moving about Kim’s story is its frank simplicity and Saywell’s uncommon meticulousness in ensuring that each important detail is touched upon. In its climactic moment Saywell makes us realize Kim has grown beyond the photographic iconography.” - Toronto Star
“Powerful” – Critic’s Choice, The Times, UK
“Outstanding” – The Toronto Star
“Poignant and important” – L.A. Times/Washington Post
“Not to be missed” – Boston Globe
“Moving and Inspirational” – The Daily Mail, UK
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