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The Mother’s Heart (Tâm Hồn Mẹ)

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The Center for Southeast Asian Studies in cooperation with the Institute for Vietnamese Culture and Education (IVCE) invites you to a special Hawai′i premiere screening



6:30 PM

Viet Nam, 2011 (95 mins)

Vietnamese with English subtitles

Dir: Phạm Nhuệ Giang

Cast: Hong Anh, Phung Hoa Hoai Linh, Nguyen Bach Tung Lam, Truong Minh Quoc Thai

Lan (Hong Anh) and her daughter Thu (Phung Hoa Hoai Linh) live in a lowland area in the middle of the Red River. Their typical day includes going to the Long Bien Market very early in the morning to buy wholesale groceries and resell them at a local market later in the day. Thu’s mother falls in love with a driver (Truong Minh Quoc Thai), a relationship that has no future. As Thu suffers from the loneliness of her own mother’s neglect, she unwittingly becomes a mother to her orphaned best friend (Nguyen Bach Tung Lam ) until an accident changes their lives forever. The Mother’s Heart was produced with assistance from the Global Film Initiative in their effort to promote cross-cultural understanding through the medium of cinema.

The Director:

Ms. Phạm Nhuệ Giang, a graduate of Hanoi University of Cinematography and Hanoi University of Architecture, is a well-known multi-award winning director in Vietnam. Since her debut film, “Le Petit Culi”, made in 1992, she has directed many TV series and feature films, which have won her several national and international awards. Among them are the Silver Lotus Prize at the 13th National Film Festival, the First Prize at the 52st FIPRESCI Melbourne International Film Festival, and Second Prize from the Vietnam Association of Cinematography for her film titled “The Deserted Valley” in 2001. She also won second prize from the Vietnam Association of Cinematography and the Complimentary Award from the 12th Vietnam National Film Festival for “Fled” in 1996, the Silver Prize for “Waiting for Tet” from the National Television Film Festival in 2007, the Golden Kite Award from the Vietnam Association of Filmmakers and the Gold Prize at the Vietnam National Television Film Festival in 2007 for her 25-episode series named “Hau Hoa”. Most recently, she won the Golden Kite Award again from the Vietnam Association of Filmmakers for her film “The Real and the Ideal” in 2009.

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