28/12/2015 11:07 AM AEDT | Updated 15/07/2016 12:51 PM AEST

The Hopes And Dreams Of Children Growing Up On Boats In Vietnam's Mekong Delta

On the Mekong Delta in Vietnam, there are many families living on boats.

They are amongst the poorest in the nation and are stuck in a cycle that sees children unable to access education, likely to follow their parents into fishing from the river or selling lottery tickets on the streets.

But they do dream of more.

In this film, Down The Stream, the children growing up on the boats of the Mekong Delta talk to director Mai Huyen Chi about the realities of poverty and their hopes for the future.

With a unifying desire to live on the land, they speak with remarkable awareness and frankness on wishes to go to school and to find work to pay their parents debts.

Clearly exposed to more than a child should be, some of the little girls even say they will not get married as they don't want their husband to hit them.

"They beat them up badly," one child said.

"They even smash the houses."

To see more from Mai Huyen Chi, head over here.

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