A STORY OF COMPASSION AND GRATITUDE

FINDING THE VIRGO

LONDON INT.

FILM FEST

2019

IMPACT DOCS

AWARDS

2018

SEATTLE ASIAN AM

2018

SEATTLE

ASIAN AM

2018

VIET

FILM FEST

2019

IND. FILM

AWARDS

2018

CAAM
FEST37

2018

SILICON VALLEY

2019

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. 

SYNOPSIS

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.

ACCOLADES

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

 
 
 
 

SPECIAL EVENTS

Past Screenings

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

TESTIMONIALS

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!

Shyam Lal

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

 

BOOK A SCREENING

Finding the Virgo is available for screenings and events at universities, conferences, nonprofits, boardrooms, institutions, schools, churches and beyond. If you want to bring this extraordinary film to your community or organization please email us.

Educational Licenses are now available to schools and universities. Inquire here!

 

GALLERY

 
 

FILMMAKERS

Producer Lauren Vuong is a Vietnamese American refugee and naturalized U.S. citizen. She attended UC Berkeley where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in English Literature. Lauren earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of San Francisco School of Law and practices in San Francisco, CA.  She is a mother of two and a dedicated advocate for the preservation of Vietnamese American history through the arts and literature. Finding the Virgo is Lauren's first documentary. 

Director Barre Fong is a fourth generation Chinese American and San Francisco native. Barre’s activities as a filmmaker and community activist is an embodiment of his grandfather’s dream of preserving his own experience as a turn-of-the-Century Chinese immigrant. He previously served as the President of the Board of Directors for the Chinese Historical Society of America and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Lick-Wilmerding High School. He has produced and directed short films about the Asian American experience since 2013. 

 

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