Director Le Dan - Photo: Courtesy of the Rex Hotel “Letters from Son My” is a kind of documentary based on the true story of William Calley, the U.S. Army officer who ordered the My Lai Massacre on March 16, 1968 in Quang Ngai Province. Bringing a great regret in his soul, Calley came back to Vietnam after 40 years to give his apology and to visit the dated-back battlefield.
VietNamNet Bridge – After a long hiatus, Vietnam’s famous director Le Dan has introduced his latest movie named Nhung la thu tu Son My (Letters from Son My) which is filmed yesterday at the Rex Hotel in HCMC’s District 1. The next destinations of the movie making team are Cu Chi Tunnel, Quang Ngai Province and Son My war remnant.
In the movie, the Rex Hotel will be William Calley’s residence when he comes back to Vietnam. “I chose Rex Hotel for my movie because the hotel is considered a historical witness of two revolutions as well as a symbol of innovation and growth of HCMC in particularly and Vietnam in generally after war time,” said director Le Dan in a statement.
The movie is a touching message full of humanity with a worldwide appeal to keep the peace, refuse irrational wars, live closely and look forward to a bright future.
Especially, Letters from Son My will be sent to compete in some international film festivals starting with the Cannes Film Festival 2010.
Son My Massacre, also known as My Lai Massacre, was the mass murder of hundreds of civilians, mostly women, children and elderly people, in My Lai Hamlet, Son My Village, Quang Ngai Province.
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