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The Changing Face of Saigon

Posted on 3/14/2017 2:27:00 PM in What We’re Watching

A note from independent filmmaker David Conover on why he chose this film:

There’s an infectious joie de vivre that abounds in Vietnam’s largest city, Ho Chi Minh City. Trendy coffee shops, design stores, and boutiques inject new life into old colonial buildings. One native of Ho Chi Minh City even acknowledges, “I feel like I’m a tourist sometimes.” But the city’s bright and energetic present is contrasted by its dark past. Historian Tim Doling takes us down into secret tunnels, into rooms where unimaginable acts of resistance took place against the French. We open an empty wardrobe, find a hidden ladder leading down to a tunnel, and make our way to a printing press where revolutionaries printed propaganda and news from the North.

Courtesy CNN

About David Conover:

David Conover is an award-winning filmmaker and conservationist whose work has appeared on Discovery Channel, PBS, and National Geographic Explorer. He is the founder of Compass Light Productions and the nonprofit Conservation Media Group, and was recently the Coastal Studies Scholar at Bowdoin College. Learn more about David here.

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