Workers' Dreams (Giac mo la cong nhan)

Vietnam 2006, Documentary, 52' | Director Phuong Thao Tran | Screenplay Phuong Thao Tran | DoP Phuong Thao Tran | Editor Aurélie Ricard | Sound Phuong Thao Tran | Producer Manon Blaufumet

" ... I can have six or seven jobs in a year. Money where are you, beloved money ...?
Dinh's Song

Each morning, the thousands of country girls who have come to seek their fortune in Hanoi set out on foot from the suburbs wending their way through the cars and motorcycles. They are off to work or in search of a job in the El Dorado of the booming Japanese-run factories. Ioan and Ngah fill in employment application forms and go to interviews but fail to get a job. They encourage and comfort each other. They talk about their hopes and disappointments, the lack of money and love.

Yet, yet: neither the sinister picture that these young women paint of globalisation nor their ordeals can dampen their determination or their appetite for life.


PHUONG THAO TRAN was born 1977 in Vietnam. She studied economics in Hanoi, then political science in Paris. In 2004, she completed a DESS (Master Professionnel) in creative documentary direction in Poitiers. Phuong Thao Tran works as a translator and film-maker., Workers' Dream was her first film shot on location in Vietnam.

Phuong Thao Tran