2013: VERTIGO – Giữa Hai Dòng Nước


VERTIGO describes the feeling of losing balance below your feet and sensing the world spinning around you. Such is the case for the Vietnamese children of Operation Babylift, an event during the Fall of Saigon in 1975 that sent over 2,000 Vietnamese orphans to the United States for adoption by White families. These transracial adoptees experience a life much different than ours, one filled with more vertigo than we could possibly imagine.

One of these Operation Babylift orphans, later renamed Daniel Miller is adopted by two hopeful parents, Adam and Ruth, in the American Midwest. He grows up like any other White American child, but this quickly changes when he realizes how his Vietnamese appearance contradicts his inner White identity, especially in the form of racial stereotypes and expectations. In order to restore balance, Daniel decides to make a life for himself in Los Angeles, where he aspires to become a musician. With the guidance of his friends, Alex and Anh, he learns about the Vietnamese culture that he has never known and confronts new expectations amongst the Vietnamese community. Giữa Hai Dòng Nước redefines Daniel’s condition of having to choose between his Vietnamese and American identities, neither of which is complete.

VERTIGO – Giữa Hai Dòng Nước follows Daniel as he searches for the truth of his past to solve his biggest mystery of culture, family, and identity.

Commentary from the Directors

Jason Thames Huynh and Gabrielle Luu
Directors of VERTIGO – Giữa Hai Dòng Nước