International Competition

Children of the Mist

Diễm Hà Lệ
Screening time  
04.04. / Monday, 15:00 - 17:00 Theatre 4  
06.04. / Wednesday, 19:00 - 21:00 Theatre 4 Ticket
10.04. / Sunday, 12:00 - 14:00 Theatre 3  
10.04. / Sunday, 22:00 - 00:00 Theatre 1  

Di is a 12-year-old girl living in a village lost in the mist of Northwest Vietnamese mountains. She belongs to the Hmong ethnic minority where women get married very young, enduring the controversial tradition of “bride-kidnapping”. When Di enters puberty, her personality changes drastically. The carefree little girl has turned into an impetuous, hypersensitive teenager constantly arguing with her mother who is trying to keep her away from reckless relationships that she is not mature enough to handle. On the Lunar New Year's Eve, when Di's parents come back home after celebrating, the house is silent: Di has disappeared.


Diễm Hà Lệ

Diễm Hà Lệ was born in 1991 in Tay ethnic minority group living in the mountains of Northeast Vietnam. She left her hometown to study journalism at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Hanoi, from where she graduated in 2013. Children of the Mist is her first feature documentary film project. She is a Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program Grantee.

General sponsor

Những Đứa Trẻ Trong Sương

Viet Nam
2021, 92'

Directed by:
Diễm Hà Lệ

Hà Lệ Diễm

Edited by:
Swann Dubus

Trần Phương Thảo, Swann Dubus

Produced by:
Varan Vietnam

Festivals & Awards:

IDFA: Best Directing; First Feature Special Mention (2021)
Budapest IDF: Senior Jury Award; Brave Children Award (2021)


Maëlle Guénégues