April 26, 2013
Unclaimed: A Soldier Left Behind as MIA, Found 44 Years Later Alive
But for the past 44 years he has been living in a remote Vietnamese village with a Vietnamese wife and children. Canadian filmaker Michael Jorgensen’s documentary Unclaimed, introduces a slightly stooped, wiry 76-year-old man living in a remote village in south-central Vietnam who trembles with frustration or pounds his forehead when he is unable to remember his birthday or his American children’s names. He is only able to speak Vietnamese.
Unclaimed follows the dramatic quest of Vietnam vet Tom Faunce to prove that the man he was told about while on a 2008 humanitarian mission in Southeast Asia was indeed an Army “brother” who had been listed as killed in action and subsequently forgotten. John is now back in Vietnam and has no desire to leave, having fulfilled his one wish: to see his American family once more before he dies.
Unclaimed will have its world premiere at Toronto’s 20th Hot Docs festival on April 30. It will be shown later at the G.I. Film Festival in Washington, D.C., in May.
Continue reading John's story and the making of Unclaimed at Left behind in Vietnam: John can’t understand why nobody came for him
I am definitely going to watch this as I'm very interested to see if DNA was used to prove John's identity. It's a compelling and powerful story. And it raises many questions which I for one hope the film will address.