The Hanoitimes - From November 5 to 12, visitors to Goethe Institut and Vui Studio can enjoy Hanoi DocFest – Vietnam’s only annual festival dedicated to independent creative documentaries, experimental and hybrid films.
At Hanoi DocFest 2017, the organize believe in a cinema of individual voices, and each year they bring to the audience independent works from Vietnam, as well as ones from around the globe – works in which we see powerful potential of creativity and of a vast and generous cinema.
Hanoi DocFest 2017 to be held in Goethe Institut.
This year’s festival has an important structural change. The program will last for a week and happen in many places in the city, to give the audience a broader perspective of what’s happening in the independent film scene. At DocFest 2017, you will find films that contemplate the many aspects of the social and the personal, manifested not only in informational route but also in unique formal approaches.
Accdordingly, the organize are honored to be jointly organizing a 2-day symposium dedicated to cinema of the region, titled “Time, Space, and the Visceral in Southeast Asian Cinema”, with the Southeast Asian Cinemas Research Network, with speakers including Philippa Lovatt, Gaik Khoo, Jasmine Trice, Mariam Lam, Hitomi Hasegawa, Sow-Yee Au, Davide Cazzaro, Merv Espina, Thaiddhi.
On the Vietnamese side, they welcome Siu Pham, Truong Minh Quy, Tran Ngoc Hieu, Nguyen Trinh Thi, Tran Duy Hung, Tran Trung Hieu. Theu will also have the pleasure to welcome Birgit Glombitza, the art director of Hamburg International Short Film Festival, who will introduce us to the contemporary aesthetics and current trends of the short films in different international festivals through three screening programs and presentations. Furthermore, our schedule includes an intensive 3-day field recording and sound design workshop at our festival, led by Ernst Karel, a sound engineering specialist from Harvard University’s Sensory Ethnography Lab (SEL).
During the weekend, Hanoi DocFest 2017 have two main screening programs: “Then and Now” and “Portrait”. Here, the audience will travel through the different landscapes of Vietnam, the Gia Lai region with Drowing Dew – a collaborative project between Art Labor Collective and Truong Que Chi and Do Van Hoang, the Mekong area with “Flat Sunlight” by Lena Bui, the street of Kham Thien in “March 23” by Pham Thi Hao… to meet an ex-freelance interpreter at the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in the mid-1960s, a man who came home after spending 18 years in prison, families from the North, the South, and Middle Vietnam who live together in an apartment near the Vietnam National Children’s Hospital, and many more. They are the stories that we believe, to a certain extent, will tell a story of a Vietnam in which we are living and witnessing its many changes.
In closing, the organize hope to see everyone at Hanoi DocFest 2017, to talk and share with the filmmakers your vision of the world, and participating in this meaningful moment of Vietnamese independent cinema.