“Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam

Synopsis: “Operation Babylift” was a $2 million dollar US initiative that airlifted over 2,000 Vietnamese orphans out of a war-torn country to protect them from the impending threat of the Communist Regime. Coined by some as “one of the most humanitarian efforts in history,” it was also plagued by lawsuits and political turmoil. Even with the best intentions, these adoptees grew up facing a unique set of challenges in America, including prejudice overshadowed by a controversial war and cultural identity crisis. Now, over thirty years later, this documentary takes a candid look at a significant yet untold event as seen through the eyes of the volunteers, parents, and organizations directly involved, as well as uncovers the “lost” stories of the the adoptees and who they have become as adults. This documentary is not just a a historical piece, but gives a contemporary voice and perspective on international adoption today through the eyes of the adoptees themselves.


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2 Responses to “Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam

  1. MommaSadler says:

    I can not wait to see this film. And I can’t wait to adopt a little Vietnamese baby one day!

  2. noevadeaux says:

    My mother participated in that. She worked for American Airlines at the time, and they asked for volunteers to travel with a child, once they got to America, to their final destination. She said she took care of a toddler boy. She said she pretty much held him all the way – every time there was a loud noise, or the plane would bump because of turbulence, he would start shaking and screaming. She would just hug him tight and rock him til he calmed down or fell asleep. We’ll be watching for the film’s release. Thanks for this blog post.

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