A cameraman for the People’s Army of Vietnam during the Vietnam War, Trần Văn Thủy went on to achieve international fame as the director of films that address the human costs of the war and its aftermath. Thủy’s memoir sold out immediately when published in Vietnam in 2013. In this translation, English-language readers are now able to learn in rich detail about the life and work of this preeminent artist.
“Trần Văn Thủy is a filmmaker of talent and conscience. I will never forget the honesty and the pain found in the films he made, from The Story of Kindness to The Sound of the Violin in Mỹ Lai. Read this memoir and listen to a gentle voice for peace, truth, and reconciliation.” —Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Sympathizer