"This project is really important, really urgent, and it is an untold story about the Vietnamese boat people and intergenerational issues that the protagonist is facing.”
-Pam Fraser Soloman
THE WAR LESS TRAVELLED
DIRECTED BY LAUREN ANDERS BROWN
WITH TRAN DOAN
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER KARYN BENKENDORFER
If a war happens before you’re born and Agent Orange is still in the pipes poisoning the water today, is the war really over? Following Tran Doan and other Vietnamese-Americans facing their past, we learn the revisionist history of the ‘Resistance War Against America’ that the current generation is left fighting to this day.
Tran Doan, the main contributor is a 32-year-old Vietnamese American woman born after the Vietnam War. Tran is a mental health researcher and doctoral candidate in the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. Along with Tran and her family, we will explore the history of post-Vietnam War through interviews with Vietnamese American boat refugees, including her mother Thuy Doan and father Thanh Tran, and other important contributors.
The War Less Travelled has been selected as a finalist in the The Whickers Radio & Audio Award 2020.
The Whickers were established in 2015 to fund and recognise original and innovative documentary. They seek to use the generous legacy of their namesake, pioneering broadcaster Alan Whicker, to support emerging film and audio documentary-makers in the funding and production of director led programmes.
Support and become a part of the production
Join us on this journey across continents to create an important piece of revisionist history, support mental health for minorities, and the women creatives working behind the scenes on this audio documentary.
You can donate on behalf of yourself or dedicate your donation in honour of someone else, and receive incentives for different levels of support.
Our primary platform for donations is PayPal, you can pay through Venmo but please convert the £ to $ and send to @LaurenAndersBrown. Please reach out if you prefer another method like bank transfer (available for US, UK, EU).
When you give a fiver you’ll join us on this journey, and have a photo to prove it! You’ll receive a link to take a photo in a virtual Photo Booth and to share your support for this project on social media. We’ll also keep you updated with the progress and opportunities for a ‘first listen.’
We’ll be bringing your ears to Vietnam, but this donation will allow your eyes to see it as well through the lens of Getty images photographer Stephen Wallace. You’ll receive a digitally signed print, along with the karaoke code, virtual Photo Booth link, along with updates and a ‘first listen.’
Only ten of these supporter spots are available, as you will find your name announced in the end credits of the documentary and a behind the scenes experience of how to cook Vietnamese cuisine alongside Tran and her family. The virtual cooking experience will be completed with a coffee class by the Director Lauren Anders Brown. You’ll also receive a digitally signed print, along with the karaoke code, virtual Photo Booth link, along with updates and a ‘first listen.’
Your support will have you singing along like Thanh to your favourite songs online with a one month offer code and link for online karaoke. You’ll also be kept up to date with the progress of the documentary with opportunities for a ‘first listen’ and the opportunity to share your support on social media and travel with us on this journey in our virtual Photo Booth.
We can really make this project a reality with this level of support, and to share our gratitude we’re offering a virtual coffee class in Vietnamese coffee with the Director Lauren Anders Brown. Aside from making documentaries around the world, she also has her certificate in Specialty Coffee. She’ll be hosting a private half hour online class for all contributors at this level, teaching you a basic introduction to coffee and specifically Vietnamese style coffee. You’ll also receive a digitally signed print, along with the karaoke code, virtual Photo Booth link, along with updates and a ‘first listen.’
£1000+ Additional Sponsorship opportunities
Higher sponsorship opportunities are available with opportunity to discuss additional producer incentives. Please reach out to learn about these exclusive incentives.