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Special Double Feature (Two films from Viet Nam)

Double feature Viet Nam image
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 @ 6:30 PM
Center for Korean Studies Building, UHM

In support of the conference “Engaging with Viet Nam – An Interdisciplinary Dialogue,” hosted by the East-West Center from November 8-9, 2012, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies presents two films with Vietnamese themes.
Hanoi Public Market (Đường về cho)

Viet Nam (2012, 27 min)
Vietnamese w/English subtitles

Director: Michael DiGregorio
Producer: Ha Thuc Van
Cinematographer: Henry Mochida

Nguyen Le Hang is one of the fortunate ones. Hanoi’s Hom Market has been spared the wrecking ball – at least for now. Dinh Thuy Hang has not been so lucky. Hang struggles to survive in a temporary market, waiting for relocation in a new commercial center. HANOI PUBLIC MARKET follows these two women, caught in a conflict that is undermining their lives. As they struggle to make sense of their worlds, they come to realize the false promises made by developers. Once edged out, vendors return not to the warm and welcoming markets they left, but rather, the detention center gloom of underground spaces in new commercial centers. As this conversion takes place, fortunes are being made. But what is Hanoi losing?

NOTE: This documentary will be introduced by the director, Michael DiGregorio.


Living in Fear
(Sống trong sợ hãi)

Viet Nam (2005, 110 min)
Vietnamese w/English subtitles

Director: Bui Thac Chuyen
Screenplay: Bui Thac Chuyen, Nguyen Thi Minh Ngoc
Cast: Tran Huu Phuc, Mai Van Thinh, Dang Thuy My Uyen, Mai Ngoc Phuong, Ngo Pham Hanh Thuy

Living in Fear is a touching psychological drama depicting the trauma of survivors who are forced to endure a constant threat from the unexploded bombs left behind by the war.

Set in the aftermath of the war, Living in Fear tells the story of an ex-Saigon regime soldier, Tai (Tran Huu Phuc), who like thousands of others in the south must face recriminations by the communist victors. Tai is punished by being sent to a re-education camp and later to the inhospitable new economic zones in central Vietnam. This area is still littered with unexploded ordnance, yet the government is already building new settlements next to vast minefields.

As a collaborator of the former South Vietnamese regime, the desperate Tai has no option but to learn how to defuse the mines, as this can earn him extra money if he sells the empty shells as scrap metal on the black market.

The film earned Golden Kite 2005 awards for Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Lead Actor from the Viet Nam Cinema Association, and the Asian New Talent Prize at the Shanghai International Film Festival in 2006.

-Dana Healy

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