Looking for Liên… Finding Myself.

Ghost Money trailer

Ghost Money is a feature-length narrative documentary about the filmmaker’s return to Vietnam to search for his wartime lover only to find that he might have fathered her child. Failing to find his girlfriend or his child, he falls in love again and marries a 30-year-old Vietnamese mother of two. This feature-length personal documentary spans a decade of life, as we witness the beginning and end of a relationship and the transformation of two immigrant children into American teens. Through a rich fusion of live-action footage, hand-drawn animation and rare archival film, Ghost Money is a moving chronicle illuminating the legacy of the Vietnam War — broken families, unfinished lives and leftover children.

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