Scene from the film The Dust Of Modern Life
Scene from the film The Dust Of Modern Life
Scene from the film The Dust Of Modern Life
Scene from the film The Dust Of Modern Life
Scene from the film The Dust Of Modern Life
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The Dust Of Modern Life

  • Germany
  • France
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The Dust of Modern Life is a film about the universal human desire to retreat from society. Once a year, Liem a 29-year-old young man from the Sedang ethnic minority, retreats to a jungle in the mid-highland mountains of Vietnam with his friends. Leaving his normal life behind–a life made of smart phones, motorbikes, a wife, two young children, domestic duties and hard work in the fields–, he goes into a primeval forest to live like his ancestors once did: hunting and gathering. This is a time from his daily responsibilities, during which he regains energy and health, purifying himself of the dust of modern life.


  • Original Title
    The Dust of Modern Life, Pa Va Hêng
  • Direction
  • Cinematography
    Lucie Baudinaud
  • Editing
    Zuniel Kim, Marylou Vergez
  • Sound
    Christian Wittmoser
  • Runtime
    82 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Germany
    • France
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • FID Marseille
    • DOK Leipzig
    • CPH DOX
    • IFFF Dortmund & Köln
    • Frames of Representation ICA is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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