Rhode Island Premiere: Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam
Hosted by the 13th The Rhode Island International Film Festival
On Thursday, August 6th, Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam made its Rhode Island premiere, screening at the 13th Annual Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF). The award-winning documentary, described as “Amazing…compelling and hard hitting” by Bolsavik.com, screened at 1:15 p.m. at the Providence Public Library in Providence, Rhode Island.
Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam tells the significant, yet untold story of the $2 million U.S. initiative that airlifted over 2,500 Vietnamese orphans out of a war-torn country from the impending threat of the Communist regime. These adoptees grew up facing unique challenges in America, including prejudice overshadowed by a controversial war and cultural identity crisis. Featuring compelling and insightful interviews of the volunteers, parents, and organizations directly involved, the documentary takes a contemporary look at Operation Babylift and its relevance to international adoption today.
Dallas based production company ATG Against The Grain Productions is honored to have Operation Babylift selected to screen at the RIIFF, chosen from over 3,300 submissions. An Academy qualifying festival, RIIFF is known as the largest of its kind in New England and will showcase many independent and international films.
Says RIIFF Executive Director George T. Marshall, “The film work that was entered this year has been amazing. It’s been very challenging for our judges to limit their film selections. The quality has been that strong. There is no question that during this year’s Festival we will have some very thoughtful new cinematic work that will inspire and encourage audiences to respond.”