Community Outreach - Documentary Screening

Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam


Operation Babylift Poster

Date: March 15, 2010
Place: Anheuser-Busch Hall
Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom (No. 310)
Start Time: 7:00 p.m.
Movie Length: 72 minutes
Website: [view]
CLE Credit: Panel discussion eligible for 1 Missouri CLE credit

The law school is hosting a screening and discussion of the award-winning documentary Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam. The film recounts the $2 million U.S. initiative that airlifted more than 2,500 children out of  war-torn Vietnam in 1975 for adoption in the United States and elsewhere. One of the flights met with disaster when a C-5A Galaxy plane transporting about 300 people exploded, prompting class actions and landmark judicial rulings.  

Following the film, a panel will discuss

  • child rescue and intercountry adoption then and now
  • the meaning of cultural identity in an increasingly multicultural world
  • litigation stemming from the plane crash

The panelists, including several individuals featured in the film, will be: Tammy Nguyen Lee, Operation Babylift filmmaker; Jim Zimmerly and Dan Bischoff, who as children survived the plane crash on their way to join adoptive families in St. Louis; Wanda Zimmerly, Jim's adoptive mother who recently accompanied him to Vietnam to find his birth mother; Sister Susan McDonald, who cared for the children before and after the Babylift; and School of Law Dean Kent Syverud, who as a law clerk assisted the judge presiding over litigation arising from the crash. Professor Susan Frelich Appleton, who writes about and teaches adoption law, will moderate. The panel discussion eligible for 1 Missouri CLE credit.

Generous support from the Burson Student Activities Fund has made this event possible. Additional support and assistance have been provided by the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, the Family Law Society, the Immigration Law Society, the International Law Society, Professor Susan Appleton, Dean Kent Syverud, and APALSA Co-President Mei Qi.

This event celebrates the 35th anniversary of Operation Babylift and joins conversations about child rescue and adoption that have intensified in the wake of the earthquake in Haiti.

In order to provide ample seating for this event, we are asking that you register online by March 10, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. [view form]

View article and video in St. Louis Beacon [more]

Parking Information

Visitor parking is conveniently located in the Danforth University Center Garage. The charge is $1.00 per hour, with a maximum charge of $5.00 for the day. Payment will be required upon exiting the garage; cash and credit cards are accepted. The Danforth University Center Garage is designated as number 82 and Anheuser-Busch Hall is designated as number 6 on the map below.

If you have any questions, please contact Jeanne Heil-Chapdelaine at 935-7567 or