Passing Tides is the story of Linh Vu’s journey from Vietnam with her father who was at risk of imprisonment by the Communist Regime in the late 1970s. The film draws on Linh’s skills as an artist with moving images of the reeds where she and her father hid waiting for the boat they escaped in. Linh and her family return to Thorney Island on the south coast where they stayed in a refugee camp after being picked up by a British boat. The passengers had run out of food and could see pirates on the horizon. Linh and her father eventually settled in Hackney to be rejoined by Linh’s mother, brother and sister five years later. Linh reflects on her early experiences, comparing these with others who are forced to flee their homes today.