Hieu Tran founded Friends Make Film in 2012, bringing together a local group of young gay men and straight allies who have the passion and commitment to make short films that tell stories of Vietnamese people, including the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. To make Waiting for the Wind, Hieu Tran worked with a dedicated crew of gay and straight allies to write the script, recruit the two main actors (one gay and one straight), produce the film, and release it online. Tran was motivated to write the script because he believes that gay men’s love, struggles, and experiences need to be discussed openly in Vietnam.
The film will be screened and discussed in public forums with stakeholders, policy makers, healthcare providers, and the community at large. Tran believes that Waiting for the Wind has the potential to raise awareness and generate important dialogues about the most salient issues in the lives of gay men in Vietnam. The online response to the film has been extremely positive, with the film accumulating over 23,000 hits on youtube in the first two months since its release.
The film can be viewed in full online at http://youtu.be/nu6f8O9h_VQ.