A very hard sale

Vietnam has one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Yet in many communes, not every household has a hygienic latrine. Defecating in the backyard or in the nearby river is obviously not convenient or safe in bad weather…

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Vietnam has one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Yet in many communes, not every household has a hygienic latrine. Defecating in the backyard or in the nearby river is obviously not convenient or safe in bad weather conditions, it is also a public health risk and a threat to the environment. Women are at the forefront of the issues raised by these practices, for it is them who care for the sick in a traditional village household. They are also part of the solution.

This film shows how Women’s Union Volunteers are key in connecting households with private suppliers and local financing options. This work, while improving rural household sanitation, also increases these volunteers self-esteem and community status.

Official Selection Wala International film Festival 2019 ( Germany)
Official Selection Freedom Film Festival 2019 ( Malaysia)
Official Selection Durango Independent Film Festival 2020 ( USA)

About East Meets West/ Thrive Networks and the CHOBA project.

East Meets West (EMW)/ Thrive Networks (TN) is a non-governmental, non-profit organization working in Vietnam for the last 30 years. In 2012, EMW/TN set up a Community Hygiene Output-Based Aid project (also known as CHOBA).
The second phase of the project (CHOBA 2), aims to create a sustainable and efficient market for under-served rural populations to get a standard, hygienic and environmentally safe toilet.

Camera & Edit : Christopher Dinh
Sound: Arnaud Soulier
A Morgan Ommer film

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