The tower of Babel. Chapter 3: The jewel of the Mekong

The tower of Babel. Chapter 3: The jewel of the Mekong

Original title: La torre de Babel
Production: Explora Films
Country: Spain
Director: José Manuel Novoa
Script: Juan Novoa
Year: 2008
Duration: 50
Genre: Anthropological documentary
Color: Color
Original language: Spanish
Languages available: English; Spanish
Subtitles: Spanish


The Mekong River is the most important travel route in Southeast Asia. Thousands of Vietnamese who make their living as traders live on its waters.

Following the Vietnam War, which completely transformed the country, Vietnamese society has gradually recovered its ancient traditions.

Nonetheless, the times have changed. The old traditional pharmacies where popular remedies were kept now sell their products over the Internet, while the floating markets of Canto are full of products manufactured in China.

The Bay of Halong, where the fishermen live in floating towns, is now flooded with tourists, and the motorboats loaded with Europeans scare off the fish.

In this episode of The Tower of Babel we will tour the Mekong River to discover the way of life of the thousands of men and women who live in homes that float on its waters.


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