The Face of the Enemy


The Face of the Enemy
An installation and film about the Vietnamese who fought in the American War

JANUARY 30 — APRIL 11 2010

Over five million Vietnamese and 58 000 Americans died in what one side calls the American War and the other side calls the Vietnam War. Whilst countless stories have been told from the American point of view, very little has been heard from the other side. The Face of the Enemy is a unique documentary project, in that it tells the story of the Vietnamese that fought in “The American” war, in their own words. In the film and installation veterans and their families have the chance, often for the first time, to recall the experiences that transformed and changed their lives. Built from over 150 hours of interviews and never seen archive material.

Le Ly Hayslip, Tran Thi Nho, Dang Thi Huong, Le Thi Suong, Doan Thi Cong, Do Duc Diu, Pham Niec, Hang, Nga, Hoang van Tinh , Hoang van Thoung, Hoang van Toan, Nguyen van Ma, Do Thi Bich Canh, Christian Langworthy, Pham Cheiu Duong, Troung Thi Ngoc Lan, Pham Duonh Lam, To Tien Hoa, Hoang Dinh Phuong, Le Quang Bao, Phan Thi Le, Bao Ninh.

Directed photographed and produced by Erik Pauser

Producer Dylan Williams
Editor Clas Lindberg
Music Jean-Louis Huhta
Sound Ania Pauser, Nguyen Dinh Thien Y, Alan Hayslip
Additional photography Lars Siltberg
Location manager Nguyen Dinh Thien Y
Sound design Ove Valeskog Studio Snickeboa
Colorgrading and online Lars Siltberg, Henrik Lago
Postproduction facilities Presentationsdesign Cinepost studios

Tue Nguyen Dinh, Thien Y, Thao Jörgenssen ,Tran Thi Ha, Vu Tuan Anh, Nguyen Than Huong, Huonh Thi Than Nguyen, Pham Cong Phoung

Produced by Brandklipparen and Amp film

A co-production with SVT- Axel Arnö

With support from
The Swedish Film Institute – Hjalmar Palmgren
The Swedish Arts Grants Committee
YLE – Iikka Vekhalati
DR – Mette Hoffman
Längmanska Kulturfonden
Helge Ax:son Johnsons stiftelse

Doan Thi Cong
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Vietnam Film institute
Larry Nibble Archives
Caprice records
The veteran′s private photos

Special thanks
Annika Johansson, Eva Pia Worland, Henrik Lago, Liz Cohen, Erik Eriksson Research Centre for Gender Family and Environment in development, Le Thi Nham Tuyet, Pham Kim Ngoc, The Peace village Hanoi, Global village foundation Nguyen van Nhan, Phi Phi