Finding Phong


Courtesy of JHR Films


Directed by Tran Phuong Thao and Swann Dubus. Vietnam 2015. Vietnamese with English subtitles. 92 min.

Phong is a Vietnamese transwoman who grew up in a small town in the center of Vietnam. As the youngest of six children, she always felt like she was a girl in a boy’s body. After moving to Hanoi to attend college at age twenty, Phong discovers that she is not the only person in the world who feels this way. Several years later, her dream of physically changing her sex becomes a reality. The documentary follows Phong's struggle during these years, with excerpts from her intimate video journal, along with her encounters with family, friends, and doctors—all of whom must come to terms with Phong’s physical transformation.

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