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Children of the Mist

Available for




Available for screenings until

Jan 01, 2025

Available for screenings in

United States of America, Canada

Brought to you by

Film Movement

About the film

Di is a 12-year-old girl from the mist-shrouded mountains of northern Vietnam. She belongs to the Hmong, an ethnic minority in which girls get married at a very young age. This is often preceded by a controversial “bride-napping,” where the girl is abducted by her future husband on New Year’s Eve. Negotiations between the families follow. This also happened to Di’s sister and their mother, so it doesn’t seem strange that in preparation the women and girls discuss sex and married life without embarrassment. But Di also goes to school, where she learns very different values. And in her own way, even Di’s mother tries to warn her daughter about child marriage.




1h 32m




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Awards & recognition

2022 Best International Film Winner

DocAviv Film Festival

2022 Jury Prize Winner

Hong Kong International Film Festival

2021 IDFA Award for Best Directing Winner

International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)

What people are saying


Phuong Le

The Guardian

"Extraordinary... riveting... first-rate... beautifully presented...."

Guy Lodge


Top 20 Documentary of 2022. Children of the Mist is deceptively restrained in its first half, but that leads to a finale that’s raw in its pain and anguish. This is sobering filmmaking that illustrates a terrible injustice and the patriarchal attitudes that keep it thriving.

Tim Grierson

Paste Magazine

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