Time: 6PM Saturday 4 Feb, 2012
Location: Goethe Institut Hanoi, 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc
Happy New Year! With the beginning of the new year, we’re extremely delighted to present for the second time 8 DOCLAB workshop films freshly completed after 6 months of experimentation, and hard work. Through this process of experimental documentary film-making, we aim to foster the personal voice and independent visions on our contemporary society among young people, filmmakers and artists in Vietnam.
Films will be sreened in the program:
1. REMAINING by NGUYỄN TIẾN ĐẠT (13’)
Fighting for their inherited land which falls victim to the overpass project, the
family knows very well about the difficulties which they will meet. However, caught
between the straining atmosphere and the ruins the couple finds joy in the smallest
things, even though they know that they sooner or later have to leave.
2. “LETTER TO…” by BELLA TRẦN (5’)
This film expresses an emotion that reaches out to an unknown place, to a state that
3. THE GIFTS by NGUYỄN PHƯƠNG THẢO (10’)
This film is a direct dialog between the director and the characters about a topic that
is well known as well as strange: Sex. By choosing an open structure the director is
researching together with the viewer and they themselves discover stories which
will never personally belong to them.
4. COLORS by ĐỖ HÀ THU (11’)
In July 2011 I met Ly again, a friend who is blind and working as a journalist. The
intimate stories about his youth, his friends in the darkness and about his small
family casted a spell over me, which I want to share with “Colors”.
5. MARRIAGE PRAYER by NGUYỄN HƯƠNG TRÀ (9’)
I think marriage is a risky adventure as no one can know what will happen. I myself
don’t feel ready yet and haven’t found a soulmate for this adventureous journey.
6. THE STORY OF ONES by PHẠM NGỌC LÂN (11’)
Utilizing the banality of Vietnamese state radio broadcasts, the film gives a face
to the unseen and offers a personal counterpoint to the officially sanctioned. The
portraits and settings layered atop the aural landscape create questions, provide
humor, offer context.
7. LADY PIANO by DẠ THẢO PHƯƠNG (13’)
A 65 year old woman, who struggled through hardships and wars, finally brings her
childhood dream of learning to play piano back to life.
8. PUBLIC LIVING by ĐẶNG ĐỨC LỘC (10’)
Living in the old dorm building normally creates a close bond between their tenants,
because they share great communal living space. However, each one of them still
lives their private life behind the door of each household.
Screening followed by Q&A with filmmakers!
In Vietnamese with English subtitles. Free admission.
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