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Families of Vietnam Country/Region of Focus: Vietnam
Length: 030min
Type of Film: Documentary
Language: English

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Description: Nine-year-old Le Thi Hong from Ho Chi Minh makes her bed in the morning and helps prepare breakfast. At school, she studies French, art and reading, plays games and enjoys a rest period. After school the family bowls and Hong practices piano. Four-year-old Tran Ngoc Anh Thu Bi loves in the country out on the riverbank with her family. She, too, attends school and enjoys spending time with her friends and older brother. Bi later enjoys dinner with her family, then is off to bed under the protection of much-needed mosquito netting.

Heaven & Earth Country/Region of Focus: Vietnam
Length: 142min
Type of Film: Feature
Language: Vietnamese with English subtitles

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Description: The final movie in Oliver Stone's Vietnam trilogy follows the true story of a Vietnamese village girl who survives a life of suffering and hardship during and after the Vietnam war. As a freedom fighter, a hustler, young mother, a sometime prostitute, and the wife of a US. marine, the girl's relationships with men suggests an analogy of Vietnam as Woman and the U.S. as Man. Fleeing the violence of the Viet Cong, Le Ly leaves her farming village with her mother for Saigon. After disgracing herself by becoming pregnant with her new master's child, she moves in with her sister and, through hustling the American troops, meets up with Steve Butler. They become lovers and, encouraged by his promises, she agrees to return with him to the strange but wonderful land of "America".The final movie in Oliver Stone's Vietnam trilogy follows the true story of a Vietnamese village girl who survives a life of suffering and hardship during and after the Vietnam war. As a freedom fighter, a hustler, young mother, a sometime prostitute, and the wife of a US. marine, the girl's relationships with men suggests an analogy of Vietnam as Woman and the U.S. as Man. Fleeing the violence of the Viet Cong, Le Ly leaves her farming village with her mother for Saigon. After disgracing herself by becoming pregnant with her new master's child, she moves in with her sister and, through hustling the American troops, meets up with Steve Butler. They become lovers and, encouraged by his promises, she agrees to return with him to the strange but wonderful land of "America".

Rising Above: Women of Vietnam Country/Region of Focus: Vietnam
Length: 050min
Type of Film: Documentary
Language: English and Vietnamese with English subtitles

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Description: In the long years of war against France and the U.S., Vietnamese women fought alongside men as equals. Women such as Mrs. Binh, who negotiated with Henry Kissinger at the Paris Peace Accords, and Mrs. Nguyen Thi Dinh, general and deputy commander of the Vietcong forces, reached the highest positions of power. But 20 years after the signing of the peace agreement, the revival of Confucianism and the spread of market forces are conspiring to relegate women once again to the role of second-class citizens. Vietnamese women overcame seemingly insurmountable odds in wartime. Their peacetime challenge is to rise above centuries of obedience and self-denial to build their own and their country's future.

Tran Van Thuy Documentary Country/Region of Focus: Vietnam
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Type of Film: Documentary
Language: Vietnamese with English Subtitles

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Description: Tran Van Thuy, born in 1940, graduation from the Viet Nam Film School with a degree in cinematography in 1966. He served as a combat cameraman until 1972. In 1977, Tran graduated from the Moscow Film College with a degree in film directing. He has written and directed more than 20 films, several of which won international prizes. The Story of Politeness (1994; 50min) Originally banned in Vietnam, it was released only after the intervention of Communist Party leader Nguyen Van Linh. The film takes a critical look at the realities of life in Vietnam under the communist regime 10 years after the Vietnam War. Story from a Corner of the Park (1996; 45min) A moving story of an ordinary family aving two children with disabilities that might have been caused by Agent Orange. A meditation on grace and faith. The Sound of a Violin in My Lai (1998; 30min) The visual story of not only the tragedy 30 years ago, which had terrified humankind's commonsense, but also about what is going on today in My Lai. There's a Village (1994; 50min) A profile of the director's birth village, where the main trade is pottery making. A Spiritual World (1993; 60min) A powerful and moving documentary which takes the audience on a journey in search of Vietnamese spirituality, reaffirming the belief that the spirits of the dead continue to influence the affairs of the living. The film also seeks to convey the sympathy felt by the Vietnamese people for Americans who lost loved ones in Vietnam, and their support for American MIA search efforts.Tran Van Thuy, born in 1940, graduation from the Viet Nam Film School with a degree in cinematography in 1966. He served as a combat cameraman until 1972. In 1977, Tran graduated from the Moscow Film College with a degree in film directing. He has written and directed more than 20 films, several of which won international prizes. The Story of Politeness (1994; 50min) Originally banned in Vietnam, it was released only after the intervention of Communist Party leader Nguyen Van Linh. The film takes a critical look at the realities of life in Vietnam under the communist regime 10 years after the Vietnam War. Story from a Corner of the Park (1996; 45min) A moving story of an ordinary family aving two children with disabilities that might have been caused by Agent Orange. A meditation on grace and faith. The Sound of a Violin in My Lai (1998; 30min) The visual story of not only the tragedy 30 years ago, which had terrified humankind's commonsense, but also about what is going on today in My Lai. There's a Village (1994; 50min) A profile of the director's birth village, where the main trade is pottery making. A Spiritual World (1993; 60min) A powerful and moving documentary which takes the audience on a journey in search of Vietnamese spirituality, reaffirming the belief that the spirits of the dead continue to influence the affairs of the living. The film also seeks to convey the sympathy felt by the Vietnamese people for Americans who lost loved ones in Vietnam, and their support for American MIA search efforts.

Tran Van Thuy Documentary Country/Region of Focus: Vietnam
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Type of Film: Documentary
Language: Vietnamese with English Subtitles

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Description: Tran Van Thuy, born in 1940, graduation from the Viet Nam Film School with a degree in cinematography in 1966. He served as a combat cameraman until 1972. In 1977, Tran graduated from the Moscow Film College with a degree in film directing. He has written and directed more than 20 films, several of which won international prizes. The Story of Politeness (1994; 50min) Originally banned in Vietnam, it was released only after the intervention of Communist Party leader Nguyen Van Linh. The film takes a critical look at the realities of life in Vietnam under the communist regime 10 years after the Vietnam War. Story from a Corner of the Park (1996; 45min) A moving story of an ordinary family aving two children with disabilities that might have been caused by Agent Orange. A meditation on grace and faith. The Sound of a Violin in My Lai (1998; 30min) The visual story of not only the tragedy 30 years ago, which had terrified humankind's commonsense, but also about what is going on today in My Lai. There's a Village (1994; 50min) A profile of the director's birth village, where the main trade is pottery making. A Spiritual World (1993; 60min) A powerful and moving documentary which takes the audience on a journey in search of Vietnamese spirituality, reaffirming the belief that the spirits of the dead continue to influence the affairs of the living. The film also seeks to convey the sympathy felt by the Vietnamese people for Americans who lost loved ones in Vietnam, and their support for American MIA search efforts.Tran Van Thuy, born in 1940, graduation from the Viet Nam Film School with a degree in cinematography in 1966. He served as a combat cameraman until 1972. In 1977, Tran graduated from the Moscow Film College with a degree in film directing. He has written and directed more than 20 films, several of which won international prizes. The Story of Politeness (1994; 50min) Originally banned in Vietnam, it was released only after the intervention of Communist Party leader Nguyen Van Linh. The film takes a critical look at the realities of life in Vietnam under the communist regime 10 years after the Vietnam War. Story from a Corner of the Park (1996; 45min) A moving story of an ordinary family aving two children with disabilities that might have been caused by Agent Orange. A meditation on grace and faith. The Sound of a Violin in My Lai (1998; 30min) The visual story of not only the tragedy 30 years ago, which had terrified humankind's commonsense, but also about what is going on today in My Lai. There's a Village (1994; 50min) A profile of the director's birth village, where the main trade is pottery making. A Spiritual World (1993; 60min) A powerful and moving documentary which takes the audience on a journey in search of Vietnamese spirituality, reaffirming the belief that the spirits of the dead continue to influence the affairs of the living. The film also seeks to convey the sympathy felt by the Vietnamese people for Americans who lost loved ones in Vietnam, and their support for American MIA search efforts.

Vietnam Adoptee Experience Country/Region of Focus: Vietnam
Length: 089min
Type of Film: Documentary
Language: English

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Description: Vietnamese adoptees talked about their experiences following Operation Baby near the end of the Vietnam War, their upbringing in America, and their views of being Vietnamese American. Following their remarks they answered questions from the audience.

Vietnam for Kids Country/Region of Focus: Vietnam
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Type of Film: Documentary
Language: English

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Description: Vietnam for kids explores Vietnam's geography, lifestyle and cuisine in a manner suitable for young children. Recreational habits are contrasted (East to West) and the nation's many problems are explained with sensitivity.

Vietnam: A Time of Change Country/Region of Focus: Vietnam
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Type of Film: Documentary
Language: English

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Description: From hill tribes to Hanoi, from rural villages to the maddening street traffic of Ho Chi Minh City,Vietnam: A Time of Change explores an exuberant and resourceful nation determined to forge ahead despite its tragic history.

Vietnam: The Last Battle Country/Region of Focus: Vietnam
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Type of Film: Documentary
Language: English

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Description: On April 30, 1975, award-winning journalist John Pilger was on one of the last helicopters to leave the American Embassy in Saigon after having reported the Vietnam War for a decade. The American invasion of Vietnam marked the last stage of the longest war this century, a conflict in which the greatest tonnage of bombs in history was dropped, and more than two million Vietnamese were killed while their bountiful land was devastated. Says Pilger, "this is not just a report on the anniversary of the end of the war. The film describes this new invasion of Vietnam - by the foreign governments and the multinational companies attracted by 'the cheapest labor' in Asia - and how, in offering Vietnam what they glibly call a 'new future in the world market place', these 'investors' may be recreating the past. Vietnam is facing its last battle, but perhaps the most difficult battle of all - to provide a decent life for all its people, while ending its years of isolation.

World Music and Dance- Vietnam/Cambodia Vol-6 Country/Region of Focus: Vietnam
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Type of Film: Documentary
Language: English

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Description: Vietnam 6-1 Water puppet play 6-2 Sao - bamboo flute, with ensemble 6-3 Saranai [shawm] and trong ki nang [drum] 6-4 Roncat - xylophone, with flat gongs 6-5 Sao phong ticu [flute], t'rung [xylophone], and angklung [bamboo tubes] 6-6 Dan tranli - zither ensemble: "Treo len nui thien thai" ("Climbing Mt. Thien Thai") 6-7 Folk song with dance: "Ngoi tua man thuyen" ("Reclining on the side of a boat") 6-8 Folk instruments performance 6-9 Saranai [shawm], trong bara nung [drums], and trong ki nang [small gong] 6-10 Gong ensemble 6-11 Festival of the Gialai people Cambodia 6-12 Apsara dance 6-13 Lakhon Bassac - dance-drama 6-14 Folk instruments performance 6-15 Wedding ceremonyVietnam 6-1 Water puppet play 6-2 Sao - bamboo flute, with ensemble 6-3 Saranai [shawm] and trong ki nang [drum] 6-4 Roncat - xylophone, with flat gongs 6-5 Sao phong ticu [flute], t'rung [xylophone], and angklung [bamboo tubes] 6-6 Dan tranli - zither ensemble: "Treo len nui thien thai" ("Climbing Mt. Thien Thai") 6-7 Folk song with dance: "Ngoi tua man thuyen" ("Reclining on the side of a boat") 6-8 Folk instruments performance 6-9 Saranai [shawm], trong bara nung [drums], and trong ki nang [small gong] 6-10 Gong ensemble 6-11 Festival of the Gialai people Cambodia 6-12 Apsara dance 6-13 Lakhon Bassac - dance-drama 6-14 Folk instruments performance 6-15 Wedding ceremony