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Green Dragon

In the case of The Green Dragon, writer/director Timothy Linh Bui, convincingly captures what it feels like to be a refugee --because he once was one. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B+
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: C
Language: C
Drugs/Alcohol: B
Run Time: 115
Theater Release: 23 Apr 2004
Video Release:
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

This movie provides great discussion opportunities for your family or a classroom:

  • Why wouldn’t refugees always be happy to live in a prosperous new land like the United States?

  • What responsibility do developed countries have to provide protection for refugees?

  • Do you think ethnic groups are best off living together (like Little Saigon) or dispersed? Do we tend to naturally group with people with similar backgrounds/social status/religions anyway?

  • Imagine you have had to leave your home with only the clothes you are wearing to begin a new life in a foreign country. What things would concern you the most?

  • Filmmakers use a variety of techniques to trigger emotions from the audiences. Notice the different types of color in this movie - compare especially the earlier scenes to those where the young nephew makes friends with the cook. Note as well how the movie becomes more colorful and warmer as it progresses.

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