Title ID 7060Collection ID985
TitleIn Search of Security [USIS]
Date[ca. 1960s - 1970s ?]
CollectionOckenden Venture
Genre/TypeProfessionalFilm/Video companyInstitutionalNon-fictionReportage
ThemeWartime and Military
KeywordsBuilding Construction Charities Domestic Gardens Boats Education Health Services National Dress Villages Social Problems
NationalVietnam Asia
ProductionNational Motion Picture Center
NarratorMale commentary
FormatBlack & White Sound
Duration12 min. 59 sec.
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Vietnamese and Highland Tribes who have been displaced are seen in temporary camps and new settlements, building and making new lives.


In Search of Security title. Male commentary throughout. Footage of refugees are seen, traveling by foot, "victims of circumstance", "seeking peace." Scenes of Vietnamese rice fields, rivers and mountains follow. The river links deltas in the north and south. Twenty five years of war has "left their scars in hamlets and villages." Entire communities cut off from outside communication either stay and perish or flee from homes. A destroyed school is seen from outside and inside.

A temporary camp is shown, full of farmers, fishermen, teachers and students, Vietnamese and highland tribes. Some stand in queues waiting for rations, money and medical assistance. Rice, milk and food is delivered by voluntary agencies and rationed out, "none are starving but there is hunger and malnutrition. Some are taken to new settlement areas on boats, others live more permanently in the camps. Scenes of a boat trip follow, children, their parents and older people sit with their belongings and livestock.

At a resettlement village, men build a frame for a house and skilled women prepared straw for the roof. Local materials are used and cement is provided by the government. Food is provided by agencies until the community is self-sufficient. Land is prepared and seedlings are planted. The vegetables are sold and eaten, supplementing their diet of rice and fish. Rice is husked using traditional methods, cloth is woven by a young girl, another uses a sewing machine donated by an agency. Men manufacture baskets by hand using "years of experience". Washing and bathing takes place in the stream near the village. A dance is performed by girls and boys in their early teens. Dances vary between regions, some are classic and some more recent.

Children line up and file into school rooms. Inside, they sit a desks as a trained teacher helps them with their work. Cooking is done in the open. A young girl makes the fire and looks after her brothers and sisters. Village elders relax with a cup of tea in the evening, discussing problems associated with displacement. Commentary explains that although some have been resettled, half a million are still living in camps and need help from others. Volunteers need clothing, medical supplies and money.