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Jimmy in Saigon

Directed by Peter McDowell

Nomination: New Director Award, Peter McDowell

“Jimmy in Saigon” is a personal exploration into the mysterious death and radical life of Jimmy McDowell, an American, 24-year-old Vietnam veteran who died as a civilian in Saigon in 1972, when filmmaker (and Jimmy’s brother) Peter McDowell was only five. While investigating Jimmy’s drug use and sexuality, Peter takes us from the U.S. Midwest to Vietnam, to France and back home again. In his quest to get to know his brother, he uncovers a hidden romance, new family ties and a remarkable global love story.

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