“The Vietnam that I want to keep” is an on-going documentary project started from 2013. The project is a collection of found moments in daily life and in cultural practices.
For the last few decades, Nimbin has been a destination and refuge for many Australians whose own hometowns have rejected them for their alternative views on life; a place the outcasts, the artists (Nimbin is home to many wonderful galleries), the pariahs and of course the stoners could call home. A hometown where they can live, work, love and be loved again.
‘I have seen people sell possessions and take risks so they can afford to import cannabis illegally. They have one thing in common – they are trying to help a loved one who is suffering. The Australian government is working, very slowly, on the way to legalise medical cannabis. In the meantime, many Australians are left suffering and in pain every single day.’ Heather Gladman, 2016