I’m not even going to link this because if I link it then you’ll follow the link and it’s best you watch this without any introduction.
But you absolutely have to see the documentary Searching for Sugar Man.
It must be just about the wisest, smartest, most uplifting movie I’ve ever seen. It doesn’t get distracted by anything other than the legend.
I watched it and there was a moment, you’ll know when you see it, when I had to try so hard, not just to fight back tears but also to stop myself breaking down into sobs altogether.
Watch it then tell someone else to do the same.
I still hold true with an old theory of mine about living in Hanoi.
That the more you allow yourself to become isolated from the city the less you enjoy it. And yet, the expat bubble seems so much easier.
I came across the above film today and was bowled over by it. It has more Hanoi magic in its 11 minutes 15 seconds than the whole millennium celebrations put together. It reminded me of so much that is wonderful that is out there and so much of what I miss by habitually trying to escape from the more challenging elements of the city.
The irony being, of course, that the film is also about finding a quiet place in Hanoi.
It moved me to tears. It’s an incredible piece of work.
To its makers….thank you I needed that.