Things We Lost to the Water

May 4, 2021
Things We Lost to the Water

When Huong arrives in New Orleans with her two young sons, sheis jobless, homeless, and worried about her husband, Cong, whoremains in Vietnam. As she and her boys begin to settle in to lifein America, she continues to send letters and tapes back to Cong,hopeful that they will be reunited and her children will grow upwith a father.But with time, Huong realizes she will never see her husbandagain. While she copes with this loss, her sons, Tuan and Binh growup in their absent father's shadow, haunted by a man and a countrytrapped in their memory and imagination. As they push forward, thethree adapt to life in America in different ways: Huong takes upwith a Vietnamese car salesman who is also new in town; Tuan triesto connect with his heritage by joining a local Vietnamese gang;and Binh, now going by Ben, embraces his adopted homeland and hisburgeoning sexuality. Their search for identity--as individuals andas a family--threatens to tear them apart. But then disasterstrikes the city they now call home, and they must find a new wayto come together and honor the ties that bind them.