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MEMBER NEWS: Binh Pho featured in documentary film, “Last Days in Vietnam"

Thursday, April 23, 2015  
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April, 1975. During the chaotic final days of the American involvement in the Vietnam War, as the North Vietnamese Army closed in on Saigon, South Vietnamese resistance crumbled. City after city and village after village fell to the North while the U.S. diplomats and military operatives still in the country contemplated withdrawal. With the lives of thousands of South Vietnamese hanging in the balance, those in control faced an impossible decision -- who would go and who would be left behind to face brutality, imprisonment, or even death.

Produced and Directed by Rory Kennedy, "Last Days in Vietnam,” was nominated for a 2015 Academy Award® for Documentary Feature.




Watch a clip from the film featuring Binh Pho: "The Student's Story"

In 1975, Binh Pho was a sophomore architecture student in Saigon. As the North Vietnamese approached the city that April, Binh knew he had to get out. He and his friends waited at the U.S. embassy for their chance to escape to America.  (TRT 2:47)



More about Binh Pho

Binh Pho is a critically acclaimed artist whose work in wood and glass that includes painting and a unique exploration of positive and negative space. His work is exhibited internationally and in the permanent collection of numerous museums.


Describing his work, Binh says, “My life and work is always concerned with moving beyond boundaries - from escaping the Communists in Vietnam following the Fall of Saigon for a new life in the United States, to expanding the language of woodturning and exploring expansive media and processes.”

Binh is a friend, advisor, and former board member for the AAW.


Visit Binh Pho's website

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