FINDING the VIRGO:
A film about compassion and gratitude
Vietnamese boat refugee, Lauren Vuong, embarks on a decades long search for the heroic captain and crew of a US cargo ship that rescued her at sea at 7-years-old and saved her family and 57 other immigrants from certain death.
Brave 7-year-old Lauren Vuong escaped Vietnam with her family and 57 other refugees on a small wooden fishing boat at the end of the brutal Vietnam War. After 10 days at sea, they were lost and depleted of food, water, and fuel. Death seemed imminent. From seven miles away, a U.S. flagged cargo ship spotted them. The captain ordered their rescue and changed the course of 62 lives forever. Finding The Virgo is the story of Lauren’s decades long search for the heroic captain and crew of the LNG Virgo who saved her life and the lives of the other refugees. This story of compassion and gratitude traces the Vuong family's journey from the shores of Vietnam, through their perilous journey at sea and eventually to their resettlement in America.
Capturing the American Hope and the American Dream, this documentary is a timeless tale of war, desperation, survival, and the serendipitous heroes who embody the best of humanity. A story needed now more than ever before.
Winner, Award of Merit, Special Mention - IMPACT Docs Awards
Winner, Gold Winner, Documentary Feature - International Independent Film Awards
Nominated, Best Documentary Director, London International Filmmakers Film Festival
Winner, Social Relevance Award - DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon
Winner, Audience Choice Award - CAAMFest37
May 2021 - Oak Leaf News review here.
April 2021 - Thank you to the Fleishhacker Foundation for their grant to support our film
April 2021 - Our filim is now available at The Princeton University Library
April 30th, 2021 - Screening for Sonoma State University
April 2021 - Finding the Virgo has completed an agreement with NETA (National
Educational Television Association) to make Finding the Virgo available to 277 public televion stations Nationwide!
January 2021 - We have received a generous donation from Chad and Tenah Dyer
which will allow Finding the Virgo to continue marketing.
London International Filmmakers Festival, London, England
Seattle Asian American Film Festival, Seattle, WA
DisOrient Asian American Film Festival, Eugene, OR
Ethnografilm Festival, Paris, France
KQED Public Television, San Francisco, CA
CAAMFest 37, San Francisco, CA
Museum of Chinese America, New York City, NY
Viet Film Fest, Orange County, CA
Silicon Valley Asian American Film Fest, San Jose, CA
Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, Philadelphia, PA
It is an amazing story of immigrants and of Americans at their very best. It brought out every emotion conceivable, ending with pride for the America it represents. Bravo!
What a moving story of bravery and compassion. I loved it. Thanks for making this important film.
Dr. Byron Lee
Somehow, in their hearts, the crew of the Virgo knew that the scared and wet seven year old little girl they pulled out of the sea would grow up to be an exceptional woman, one who would not forget them.
Richard E. Bonilla
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Educational Licenses are now available to schools and universities. Inquire here!