Two films, entitled Song to the Front and Viet Nam the Movie, by Nguyen Trinh Thi will be screened tonight at Ha Noi Goethe Institute, 56-58, Nguyen Thai Hoc Street.
Song to the Front is the first found-footage film by Thi. It was re-edited from a 1973 motion picture by the Viet Nam Feature Film Studio.
The second film, Viet Nam the Movie, was finished only earlier this year. The film is the filmmaker’s definition of a nation and its place on the world map, by seeing how the characters in movies and popular media referred to Viet Nam during the past 50 years.
The Ha Noi-based independent filmmaker and video artist founded Hanoi Doclab, a centre for documentary filmmaking and video art in Ha Noi in 2009.
She has been the main instructor for film-making courses at Doclab for the last three years. Her works have been screened at international festivals and art exhibitions, such as the Oberhausen International Film Festival, Bangkok Experimental Film Festival and DEN FRIE Centre of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen.
The 70 minute-screening will commence at 7pm, with English and Vietnamese subtitles. There will be an interaction with the filmmaker after the screening. This is part of Hanoi DocLab’s bi-weekly “Creative Documentary Film Series” programme.