Netflix Customers Get Exclusive Viewing Opportunity10 Nov, 2003 By: Holly J. Wagner
Netflix will offer the award-winning documentary Daughter From Danang exclusively starting tomorrow and running through the end of the year under its Netflix First program.
Born in Danang, Vietnam, in 1968, Mai Thi Hiep is the mixed-race daughter of an American serviceman and a Vietnamese woman. As one of thousands of Vietnamese children who were separated from their families and flown to America in 1975 under “Operation Babylift,” Mai Thi Hiep grew up in a small town in Tennessee as “Heidi.” Twenty-two years later, Heidi is reunited with her Vietnamese relatives, including her mother. Together, they find themselves caught in a confusing clash of cultures and at the mercy of conflicting emotions that will change their lives.
The lack of broad distribution for Daughter from Danang underscores the challenge that documentary filmmakers face in trying to reach an audience, said Ted Sarandos, Netflix VP, content acquisition. “Netflix is proud to introduce this film, not only to a larger audience who has yet to learn about this powerful and moving documentary, but to make it available on DVD to documentary film lovers who have been anxiously awaiting its availability.”
Originally released on VHS in April, the film, by Gail Dolgin and Vicente Franco, was the winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival.
“I am thrilled that Netflix has shown such great interest in this amazing film,” said Ed Bell, director of retail sales and development, PBS Consumer Products. “They have played an important role getting the film released on DVD and giving Daughter from Danang a much deserved larger audience.”