THE VIETNAM WAR – A WOMEN’S VICTORY

Without them, victory over the Americans would have been impossible: for about 40 years, it was virtually unknown that half of all soldiers in the Vietnam War were women. We tell their story for the first time.

Nearly half of the soldiers fighting in the Vietnam War were women, but to this day little is known about their role in the conflict. Behind the wheel of military trucks, women drivers on the Ho Chi Minh trail risked their lives to ensure that supplies reached the Viet Cong. They fought in artillery units and as bomber pilots, in jungles and in cities. And they often took their children with them. It is now clear that without these female Vietnamese soldiers, victory over the Americans would not have been possible. Previously unpublished material illustrates the life of Vietnamese women on the front. It shows how these female insurgents joined the Vietnamese war of independence, how they lowered their children in baskets into the dark Vinh Moc Tunnel on the front, how they coped with the extreme conditions of combat and the ordeals of everyday life. Today, these women fighters are determined to keep their memories alive. The courage and determination of these veterans, who have written a key chapter in history, remain the driving force behind the emancipation of today's young Vietnamese women. Now, in this film, they tell their story for the first time.

Genre History
Length 90' / 52' HD
Film by Maren Niemeyer, Luzia Schmid
Production
Original Title Der Vietnamkrieg - Ein Sieg der Frauen
Year open for co-production and presales, completion 2016

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Without them, victory over the Americans would have been impossible: for about 40 years, it was virtually unknown that half of all soldiers in the Vietnam War were women. We tell their story for the first time.
Nearly half of the soldiers fighting in the Vietnam War were women, but to this day little is known about their role in the conflict. Behind the wheel of military trucks, women drivers on the Ho Chi Minh trail risked their lives to ensure that supplies reached the Viet Cong. They fought in artillery units and as bomber pilots, in jungles and in cities. And they often took their children with them. It is now clear that without these female Vietnamese soldiers, victory over the Americans would not have been possible. Previously unpublished material illustrates the life of Vietnamese women on the front. It shows how these female insurgents joined the Vietnamese war of independence, how they lowered their children in baskets into the dark Vinh Moc Tunnel on the front, how they coped with the extreme conditions of combat and the ordeals of everyday life. Today, these women fighters are determined to keep their memories alive. The courage and determination of these veterans, who have written a key chapter in history, remain the driving force behind the emancipation of today’s young Vietnamese women. Now, in this film, they tell their story for the first time.

History
Length 90’/52’
Film by Maren Niemeyer, Luzia Schmid
Production Bildersturm Filmproduktion
Original Title Der Vietnamkrieg – Ein Sieg der Frauen
Completion 2016