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Friday, October 26, 2012

Screening of "Short films from Vietnam," Sat, 11/3/2012, 7pm

Just in case anyone is interested.

7.00pm, Saturday November 3rd, 2012.
Room 200. Cantor Film Center, 36 East 8th Street & 5th Ave, New York City.
New York University
Admission: $15 for general public, $10 for students.
Contact: IVCE, (860)

The Institute for Vietnamese Culture & Education (IVCE), is a New York 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is a leader in promoting Vietnamese culture and assisting Vietnamese students study abroad in American universities.

The Banana Vendor's Love

Give Me a Ticket to My Childhood

Hugging Honda

When We Were Twenty

Hard Times for Coal Miners

New York, October 25th, 2012.

IVCE is pleased to announce the screening of "Short Films from Vietnam".

1. "When We Were Twenty" is a documentary about three girls facing heart-wrenching life choices at the age of 20. One gets married and has a child, one follows her dream of becoming a model, and the other goes to study abroad. [English subtitles, 15 minutes]

Nguyễn Anh Thư directed "When We Were Twenty" (Khi ta 20) in 2010 and "The Earth" (Ðất) in 2011. Thu, who graduated with a BA in Business Law from the Hanoi Foreign Trade University in 2011, is a member of the Center for the Advancement of Movie Talents of the Vietnam Cinema Association, Hanoi.

2. "Hard Times for Coal Miners" is a documentary about the life of the coal miners who work in the northern-most harbor region of Vietnam. The miners come from many areas of the country, and crowd into dust-filled ghettos, living and trying to stay clean among strip-mined mountains of coal. The documentary focuses on intimate stories of the coal miners. [English subtitles, 10 minutes]

Lê Mỹ Cường directed "Hard Times for Coal Miners" (Nhọc nhằn than) in 2010 and "The Leprosy Oasis of the Winds" (Ốc đảo gió) in 2012. His "Hard Times for Coal Miners" received the Award of Merit for a documentary at the Kite Film Festival of the Viet Nam Cinematography Association in 2011. Cuong graduated with a BA in International Business from the Hanoi Foreign Trade University in 2011, and is currently in his senior year at the Hanoi Academy of Theatre and Cinema. He is a member of Center for the Advancement of Movie Talents of the Vietnam Cinema Association, Hanoi.

3. "Give Me a Ticket to My Childhood" tells the story of a family of two children. The parents, like any parents, love their children but are constantly facing problems: school work, finding a balance between loving and spoiling the children, and sibling rivalry. The documentary reveals a different side to these common family problems. [English subtitles, 15 minutes]

Nguyễn Thị Minh Phương, currently a senior student at Trần Phú High School, Ha Noi, directed "Give Me a Ticket to My Childhood" (Cho tôi một vé về tuổi thơ) in 2012. She is a member of the Center for the Advancement of Movie Talents of the Vietnam Cinema Association, Hanoi.

4. "The Banana Vendor's Love" is a bright story of love among the poor, set in the disorderly, crowded, noisy streets of Saigon. It is a story of a young man from the city of Trà Vinh who came to Ho Chi Minh City and found a job as a banana street vendor, crisscrossing the crowded streets as he sells his wares. One day, at an intersection on his regular route, he meets a disabled girl selling lotto tickets. [English subtitles, 15 minutes]

Huỳnh Thanh Sỹ, a student at the Cinema and Theater Academy of Ho Chi Minh City, produced the short film "Flickering" (Le lói), which received a Golden Kite Encouragement Award in 2007. He then produced "The Banana Vendor's Love" (Tình anh bán chuối) in 2011.

5. "Hugging Honda" is the true story of Võ Thị Nguyệt, who for more than 20 years drove a hugging Honda (a one-seat motorbike taxi), based at the East City bus station of Ho Chi Minh City. With the job she fed her two grandchildren, taking care of them and raising them single-handedly. She has been a "Fairy Mother Âu Cơ" for countless students. Every year, she drives the students for free to the city to take the college entrance exams. Hardship does not daunt this resilient woman. [English subtitles, 25 minutes]

Nguyễn Thị Thắm's films include "Hello Child! Hello Baby!" (Chào con! Chào baby!), "Grandpa and Grandchild" (Hai ông cháu), and "Hugging Honda" (Xe ôm), which in 2011 received the Judges Encouragement Prize of the Vietnam Motion Picture Union. Tham graduated from the film directorship program at the University of Film and Theater of Ho Chi Minh City, and now uses what she learned from the projects of the Varan Documentary Courses to direct documentaries based on ordinary lives. 

To order Vietnamese DVD Movies:  

A discussion with young filmmakers will follow each screening.

7.00pm, Thursday November 1st, 2012.
Room A6, David Rittenhouse Laboratory. 209 South 33rd Street.
University of Pennsylvania
Admission: free
Contact: Cynthia Mai,

7.00pm, Friday November 2nd, 2012.
Letelier Theater. 3251 Prospect Street, NW Upper Courtyard.
Washington D.C
Admission: $10 for general public, $5 for students.
Contact: IVCE, (860)478-0518,

7.00pm, Saturday November 3rd, 2012.
Room 200. Cantor Film Center, 36 East 8th Street & 5th Ave, New York City.
New York University
Admission: $15 for general public, $10 for students.
Contact: IVCE, (860)478-0518,

7.00pm, Wednesay November 7th, 2012.
Mathey-Rocky Theater
Princeton University
Admission: free
Contact: Tram-Anh Nguyen,

7.00pm, Thursday November 8th, 2012.
Cleveland L1
Mount Holyoke College
Admission: free
Contact: Thu Pham,

7.00pm, Saturday November 10th, 2012.
Room 6-120. 77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge.
Admission: $5 for general public, FREE for MIT students.
Contact: Quyen Huynh, nhuynh@MIT.EDU

1.30pm, Sunday November 11th, 2012.
Room 105, Olin Arts Center.
Bates College
Admission: free
contact: Trian Nguyen,

7.00pm, Tuesday November 13th, 2012.
Luce Hall Auditorium, 34 Hillhouse Avenue.
Yale University
Admission: free
contact: Kristine Mooseker,

7.00pm, Friday, November 16th, 2012.
Room 117 Global Scholars Hall.
University of Oregon
contact: Kathie Carpenter,
note: no discussion with filmmakers

4:30 pm, Monday December 3rd, 2012
IEAS Conference Room, 6th floor. 2223 Fulton St.
University of California - Berkeley
contact: CSEAS,
note: no discussion with filmmakers

more locations...

Special thanks:
. Center for the Advancement of Movie Talents, Hanoi, Vietnam.
. Blue Productions, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.

IVCE greatly appreciates the collaboration of various Southeast Asia Studies Centers and Vietnamese Student Associations throughout the United States. IVCE has been coordinating valuable Vietnamese cultural programming, including traditional & contemporary music, poetry & literature, film, folk & contemporary painting exhibitions, as well as history seminars for the past several years.

IVCE would also like to recognize the foundations, organizations, and individuals who have made generous contributions to IVCE's cultural and educational programs. Their gifts have enabled IVCE staff to plan and execute many programs aimed at raising awareness about Vietnamese culture and expanding the educational opportunities of Vietnamese students. We sincerely hope that the example set by these donors will inspire all of you out there to give financially to IVCE, so that we can continue the work of promoting Vietnamese culture and education in the U.S. and abroad.  


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