The Friendship Village
is a documentary film about an international group of veterans
who are building a village in Vietnam for children with Agent
Built on a former rice paddy near Hanoi, the Vietnam Village
of Friendship stands not only as a symbol of peace and reconciliation,
but as a testament to the potential for all people to come
to terms with the past, heal the wounds of war, and create
a better world.
Following the story of the village’s founder, American
veteran George Mizo, The Friendship Village takes
us through his experiences of war’s horror to the personal
transformation that led to the birth of this remarkable village.
Working alongside the Vietnamese General responsible for killing
his entire platoon in 1968, George and other veterans from
the US, Vietnam, France, Germany, Japan, Great Britain and
Australia are attempting to mitigate the ongoing effects of
the toxic herbicide sprayed during the war. Their efforts
are a powerful example of how average people can still make
a profound difference in our increasingly globalized world.
As such, the Vietnam Friendship Village has the potential
to change not only the lives of the children who live in it
and the men who build it, but all who come to understand its
One person can change a village; one village could
change the world.