(51 minutes) Canada/Vietnam
Built on a former rice paddy near Hanoi, the
Vietnam Village of Friendship stands not only as a symbol of peace
and reconciliation, but as a testament to the potential for all
people to come to terms with the past, heal the wounds of war, and
create a better world.
Following the story of the village's founder,
American veteran George Mizo, The Friendship Village takes
us through his experiences of war's horror to the personal transformation
that led to the birth of this remarkable village. Working alongside
the Vietnamese general responsible for killing his entire platoon
in 1968, George and other veterans from the U.S., Vietnam, France,
Germany, Japan, Great Britain, and Australia are attempting to mitigate
the ongoing effects of the toxic herbicide sprayed during the war.
Their efforts are a powerful example of how average people can still
make a profound difference in our increasingly globalized world.
As such, the Vietnam Friendship Village has the potential to change
not only the lives of the children who live in it and the men who
build it, but all who come to understand its vision.
Before becoming an independent filmmaker, Michelle
Mason worked in international television news production for the
CBC's London and Washington D.C. bureaus. She received a masters
degree in international journalism from London's City University
after writing a master's thesis on the decline of investigative
journalism in Britain. She has lived in London, Washington D.C.,
Berlin, and France, and has returned to her hometown Vancouver to
focus on making films that reflect the tolerance and insight of
the Canadian experience at home and abroad.
John Hoskyns-Abrahall, President
P.O. Box 149
Oley, PA 19547