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Chau, Beyond the Lines

Disabilities, War, Art, Short Film, Academy Award, Asia, Environment, Social Justice, Vietnam
Courtney Marsh
34 minutes


Best Documentary, Short Subject

WINNER Best Short Doc Jury Award
Austin Film Festival
Fort Lauderdale Int'l Film Festival

WINNER Best Documentary Short Film
Irvine International Film Festival

National Jury Award for Best Doc Short Film
USA Film Festival

Official Selection
Big Sky Documentary Film Fest
Florida Film Festival
New Orleans Film Festival
Hot Springs Documentary Film Fest
Tallgrass Film Festival
DocsDF - Mexico City
Split Film Festival - Croatia
St Louis Int'l Film Festival

"Nothing short of awe-inspiring!" - Huffington Post

"Deeply inspirational film — and one that tugs at the heartstring" -Scott Feinberg, Hollywood Reporter

"[Chau]'s resilience (and devotion to his art) make this [film] a real contender." -Steve Pond, The Wrap

"Emotional and genuine...a close to perfect, if not perfect, short film." - Dana Summers, Shuffle Online

"A wrenching and ultimately hopeful portrait"
- Slant Magazine



During the Vietnam War, the United States dropped 20 million gallons of chemicals onto the dense jungles of Vietnam in order to rid the Northern Vietnamese Army of their food and cover. More than 40 years later, Chau, a teenager living in a Vietnamese care center for kids disabled by the chemical Agent Orange, battles with the reality of his dream to one day become a professional artist. With a rare disability in his arms and legs, Chau is repeatedly told his dream is not only unrealistic, but impossible. At age 17 and against all odds, Chau ventures out into the real world to see if, in fact, he can make his dream a reality.



Courtney Marsh, originally from South Florida, received her BFA from UCLA’s School of Film and Television. Upon graduating, Courtney worked extensively in the camera department under the mentorship of Salvatore Totino, ASC, AIC. Her short films have screened internationally and she has participated in programs with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences as well as Film Independent. Currently, Courtney is traveling to festivals to promote two of her short films while writing her first feature screenplay.


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SBTN TV Interview for "The Victoria To Uyen Show"

BYOD: BRING YOUR OWN DOC Episode 248 Featuring Courtney Marsh

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"Highly recommended!" -Library Journal

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