THE GENERAL & ME
an unlikely friendship

25 YEARS FILMING in VIET NAM & USA

Vo Nguyen Giap, the history teacher who made history
Tiana Alexandra-Silliphant the actress trained by Bruce Lee

You have both lived — and defined – a century.

Your victory over the French at Dien Bien Phu was the tipping point for global liberation movements. Your strategies showed them that a handful of men – armed with patience, determination and riding bicycles – could send the imperialists home, disgraced. Those ‘unforgettable days’ helped to end European colonialism.

We celebrated your one-hundredth birthday, our joy mixed with tears as you are in hospital. I can no longer film you, but you live on in my heart. I sense your presence mai mai (forever) as I share meals with your wife, son, grandsons and granddaughter here in Ha Noi.

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WELCOME to the FIRST DAYS IN VIET NAM

2015
40 year anniversary of the Fall of Saigon/Liberation of Viet Nam

Enter a Chance to Watch a Story about the Other
Made by DIRECTOR TIANA ALEXANDRA SILLIPHANT (THANH NGA)

The Master of Revolution (Teaser)

The General & Me (Vietnamese Trailer)

FILM JOURNAL

 

USA, PARIS, POLAND, and VIET NAM

Tiana and her colleagues in USA, PARIS, POLAND, and VIET NAM have been working non-stop to complete the documentary about General Vo Nguyen Giap, the history teacher who make history. Tiana’s message is hope and understanding. There are more important things than... read more

STATEMENT from Tiana Thang Nga (Tiana Alexandra-Silliphant)

I had the great honor to meet General Giap many times in over 20 years. I have film, video, photos to share with you. In the 80’s, it was very hard to meet Bac Giap, but I wrote my poem: “DEAR AMERICA DEAR DEAR VIET NAM NEW DAWN OF UNDERSTANDING”. I sent it to... read more

Tiana Alexandra-Silliphant on IMDB

Tiana was born in Vietnam and moved with her family to the USA when she was 5 years old. Her life has been a real adventure: from actress, karate queen, film producer, director, mother, and philanthropist, she’s done it all. She’s stared in studio and... read more

New Update

Tiana and her post team in HCMC and KRAKOW are working hard to finish her epic film: THE GENERAL & ME 25 years in the making. It is a non fiction film, a personal documentary about about an unlikely friendship between a legendary Master of Revolution & a... read more

A letter to My Dear Uncle, My Dear Teacher

You have both lived — and defined – a century. Your victory over the French at Dien Bien Phu was the tipping point for global liberation movements. Your strategies showed them that a handful of men – armed with patience, determination and riding bicycles – could send the imperialists home, disgraced. Those ‘unforgettable days’ helped to end European colonialism.

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CALENDAR

 

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ABOUT TIANA

Tiana was born in Vietnam and moved to the USA with her family when she was 5 years old. Since then her life has been a real adventure: actress, karate queen, film producer, director, mother and philanthropist – she’s done it all. Over the years, Tiana has stared in studio and indie feature films, TV Miniseries’, been on Charlene Hunter Gault’s Global Visions, and produced movies and plays. Her award-winning 1995 film, From Hollywood to Hanoi, was the first American film shot in Vietnam after the end of the war. Tiana is currently working on the longest project of her career, The General and Me, which portrays the story of her privileged relationship with the one of the most important men in Vietnamese history: General Giap, a history teacher who made history by liberating his country from the French and US armies.

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