DocLab film receives recognition in the 2011 Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival
The collaborative documentary film Hard Rails Across a Gentle River made in the Long Bien neighborhood of Hanoi in late 2010 has been awarded a Special Mention in the New Asia Currentssection of the 2011 Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival. YIDFF is one of the most prestigious and long-running international documentary festivals in the world and focuses exclusively on documentaries. The film’s four directors – Trần Thị Ánh Phượng, Phạm Thu Hằng, Đỗ Văn Hoàng and Trần Thanh Hiên – each directed and photographed a chapter in the film which were originally conceived as four separate short films. DocLab founder and director Nguyen Trinh Thi and one of the film’s directors, Trần Thanh Hiên, were in attendance at the two screenings of the film in Yamagata, Japan and conducted Q&A sessions with the audiences after each screening. Only 16 films received awards in this year’s festival and Hard Rails Across a Gentle River was one of just three to receive the Special Mention.
In total there were 1,078 films entered from 101 countries and areas in the International Competitionand for New Asia Currents there were 705 films entered from 63 countries and areas –http://www.yidff.jp/2011/2011-e.html#award . Congratulations to all award winners and especially to the four young and talented Vietnamese directors who made Hard Rails Across a Gentle River such a powerful and resonating film. The films were originally part of The Long Bien Picture Show curated and produced by Jamie Maxtone-Graham and supported by the British Council Vietnam with generous assistance from the Goethe Institut and DocLab. The documentary is in the film library and available for screening at DocLab – 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Ba Dinh, Hanoi.
A small center for big ideas in documentary and experimental films and video art. Located in Hanoi at the Goethe institut, Doclab was created in 2009 to help cultivate a new generation of Vietnamese independent filmmakers and media artists while encouraging the development of a local audience.