: Documentary Feature
GENRE: Documentary
STATUS: Development


The Road To My Vietnam is a new documentary series that takes us on a journey to unlock the untold stories to explore how the events of the Vietnam War impacts us today.


The Road To My Vietnam is a new documentary series that explores how the lasting impact of the Vietnam War relates to our lives today. 


Dear Supporter:

We need your support to make this new documentary series. We promise to uplift the communities and people who were forever changed by Vietnam through dynamic storytelling and giving authentic voices to those affected. We hope this new series brings light to the resilience and inspirational stories we uncover in each episode. 

The Road To My Vietnam will feel nostalgic, yet contemporary, accessible and a spiritually uplifting experience.  We unveil first-ever published personal collections of letters, pictures, videos and memorabilia from soldiers and Vietnamese refugees themselves and from the perspective of – a Vietnamese-American woman – something never been done before.  

The Road To My Vietnam uses dynamic forms of story telling and  a strong soothing narrator. The visual look and feel is intended to inform the audience how the character feels or what sense of emotions are evoked for each scenes and story arcs--giving authentic voice to the characters and locations. The music will be a memorable original theme song and soundtrack along with first-time published soulful Vietnamese music. The Road To My Vietnam will stay true and give voice to the communities that built the Little Saigons in surprising new ways. For instance, when filming on location we give priority to bringing to light the people that experienced and were forever changed by Vietnam, a time that marked the loss of innocence for America.

Thank you for your geneoristy and support.  


The Road To My Vietnam Team


Marisa Thu Le - Director/Producer

Marisa Thu Le is a filmmaker and producer. Her debut feature film “Big Gay Love”, released 2014, played to sold out theaters and was awarded the Audience Favorite Award at the Palm Springs Film Festival. Before working as a producer, she practiced law in San Francisco and Los Angeles. She advocated for human rights issues (i.e., deportation and death penalty) and practicing entertainment law is where she rediscovered her passion for film which drove her focus to filmmaking. She has long advocated for diversity and representation starting at UC Berkeley.

Ringo Le - Producer

Ringo Le is a producer, director, writer. His latest film project, “Our Time to Nirvana”, was selected for the 2018 Cannes Film Festival Screenplay Labs Maison Des Scenaristes. His film “Big Gay Love” starred Nicholas Brendon (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”). He produced/directed the Vietnamese musical film “Saigon Love Story” (2008) which was nominated for Best Picture at the Vietnamese Golden Kite Awards (i.e., Vietnam’s Oscars). He is a fellow of Film Independent’s mentorship program (“Dreamgirls”), and CBS Director's Program (“Cold Case”; “CSI”).

S. Ali Harrell - Associate Producer & Editor

S. Ali Harrell has produced and edited over 100 television shows, including Emmy Award winning shows. He began his career working on independent film projects. His training started in feature films; and his skills turned towards live popular television events, including “Women’s World Cup” (2019), “NASCAR” (2015-2019), football and recent major television studio talk shows such as “Undisputed,” “Herd,” and “Speak for Yourself.”

Khatharya Um, UC Berkeley Professor - Project Advisor

Professor Khatharya Um is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies, and Program Coordinator of Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies.  She is also affiliated faculty of Global Studies, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, the Center for Race and Gender, and the Berkeley Human Rights Center, and serves on the UC system-wide Faculty Advisory Board on Southeast Asia. She was a Chancellor Public Scholar.

Professor Um’s research and teaching center on Southeast Asian politics and societies, Southeast Asian diaspora, refugee communities, educational access, genocide, and the politics of memory. Her publications include recent books From the Land of Shadows: War, Revolution and the Making of the Cambodian Diaspora(NYU Press, 2015) and Southeast Asian Migration: People on the Move in Search of Work, Refuge and Belonging (Sussex Academic Press, 2015).

Professor Um is also actively involved in community advocacy, principally on issues of refugees and educational equity.  She has served on numerous boards of directors, including as Board Chair of the leading Washington DC- based Southeast Asian Resource Action Center, and as President of the National Association for the Education and Advancement of Cambodian, Laotian and Vietnamese Americans. She has received numerous awards, congressional recognitions, for her community leadership and service. 

David Magdael, Member, The Academy; CEO, David Magdael & Associates - Project Advisor

David Magdael is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), an Oscar® Voter, and is the Co-Director for the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival since 1997.

David Magdael has more than 17 years of experience in public relations, strategic planning, development, marketing, community outreach and entertainment and media relations in North America, Europe and Asia. As founder and president of DAVID MAGDAEL & ASSOCIATES, INC, Magdael continues to specialize in documentaries, indie films, directors, and public affairs. From developing Oscar® campaigns to festival strategies to theatrical and broadcast press unit publicity, his company has emerged as an important entertainment communications firm boasting a client roster including numerous Oscar® winning and nominated documentary, animated and short films and festival standouts. Magdael’s firm works with all distributors, content creators and broadcast networks along with representing award winning directors including Morgan Spurlock, Justin Lin, Brian Knappenberger and Lucy Walker, Jehane Noujaim, Kief Davidson, and others.

He also serves as a mentor at the Sundance Institute Documentary Producers Lab and continues to share his expertise in panels and workshops at Sundance Film Festival, South by Southwest (SXSW), Full Frame Film Festival, Silver Docs, Hawaii International Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, AFI Festival Los Angeles, Ashland International Film Festival, Film Independent Forum, Visual Communications, Center for Asian American Media, San Diego Asian Film Festival, Los Angeles Asian Film Festival, San Francisco Asian Film Festival, Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA), the International Documentary Association, Temple University Division of Film, The Documentary Summit at Columbia College of Film and others.


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