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Doan Hoang

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See ohsaigon.com/doanhoangbio for a CV.

Đoan Hoàng is an award-winning director, producer, writer, and editor of films, heading her production company in New York City, Nuoc Productions. Doan's documentary Oh, Saigon (streaming from Netflix, Amazon) is about her family's experiences being taken out on the last helicopter out of Saigon at the end of the Vietnam War, and the division and reuniting of her family. Hoàng was born in the former Republic of South Vietnam.

Oh, Saigon, funded by the Sundance Institute, ITVS, the Center for Asian American Media, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which won the Grand Jury Prize for Non-Fiction Feature Film at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and the Best Feature Documentary & Best Brooklyn Film at the Brooklyn Arts Council International Film Festival. The film has been screened and broadcast in 16 countries, translated into five languages, and has had 7 national US airings on PBS.

Hoàng traveled with Oh, Saigon throughout Spain and in both Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, Vietnam for the U. S. Department of State under Hillary Clinton and has lectured at universities, colleges, institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Yale, Columbia, Smith, University of Southern California, University of Bilbao, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, the Weisman Museum, the US Embassy and Consulate in Vietnam and many others. The United Nations Vietnam delegation and Le Hoai Trung, the Ambassador to the UN from Vietnam, invited Doan back to Vietnam at the end of 2012 for a senate of overseas Vietnamese.

Born in the former Republic of South Vietnam to an air force major and a Mekong Delta plantation heiress, Hoang was raised in Kentucky, where she wrote her first book about the Vietnam War at age 9 and made her first documentary film about war at the age of 12. A graduate of Smith College, Hoàng spent years as an editor and writer, working for national magazines such as Details, House & Garden, Spin, and Saveur as she wrote a family history that eventually turned into her first feature documentary, Oh, Saigon. Some of her other film titles include Legacy of Denial, Side Men, Agent, and A Requiem, and she directed and produced Doritoholics Anonymous, Addicted to the Internet, Good Morning Captain, Remma's "Sincerity" and various music videos.

She is currently working on Scars for Eyes, a partly-animated follow-up to Oh, Saigon, which received a grant from Asian Women's Giving Circle and the Ms. Foundation for Women. The film about the women in her family who unbeknownst to each other, share the same terrible secret. The film is slated to finish in 2015. Doan is also a yoga & meditation teacher, and volunteers with organizations assisting survivors of war, trauma, rape, and addiction such as One Billion Rising, V-Day with Eve Ensler, who had written in Doan as a minor character in the Vagina Monologues.

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