The Betel Begins the Conversation

    The Betel Begins the Conversation

    • Bao Nguyen, Xuan Duong
    • Vietnam
    idfaberthafund_01 IDFA Bertha Fund


    In July 2012, the Vietnamese Communist government made an announcement - they were considering whether to allow same-sex couples to marry – becoming the first Asian country to do so. This was particularly shocking in a country where being gay was once labelled a “social evil” alongside drug addiction and resulted in jail sentences and cane whippings. “The Betel Begins the Conversation” is a feature length documentary that follows the potential legalization of same-sex marriage in Vietnam through the lives of several LGBT Vietnamese and their families.

    Project information

    Supported with €17500 for Classic: Production & postproduction 2013
    Countries of production
    Production status
    Estimated length
    70 min


    Bao Nguyen, Xuan Duong
    Bao Nguyen, Xuan Duong

    About IDFA Bertha Fund


    The IDFA Bertha Fund aims to stimulate and empower the creative documentary sector in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and parts of Eastern Europe by supporting remarkable and innovative documentary projects by talented filmmakers from these countries.

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