The odd friendship among five men paints a tragedy in the historical boundary between North and South Vietnam.
The intangible yet haunting consequence of the Vietnam-American war is sculpted in the relationship of love and hatred among men living in a village right at the boundary of North and South Vietnam. Chased by detonations of bombs that continue being excavated from their village's soil, they reminisce the war they never fought but defined the bounds of their lives. In this village tricked by time, Thanh, Hoang, Phuong, Dinh and Loc, wait out the winter with songs of love and war, wine stolen from Loc's wife, stories of youth and questions of how much longer they can survive.
Hang PHAM THU has worked as a researcher in VietNam Institute of Culture and Art. She joined HanoiDoclab, a breakthrough documentary and video art center in Hanoi where she made short documentary films. Hang obtained her Master’s in Documentary Directing in a consortium of three universities in Europe under the DocNomads Joint Masters program. Her concern in filmmaking opens to many themes but mainly draws attention to rediscovering Vietnamese culture and the connection between the internal world in Vietnam and the world outside, especially in the context of contemporary globalization. Hard Rails Across a Gentle River(2010) is selected in New Asian Currents of Yamagata International Documentary FF 2011.
Jewel Maranan is an independent documentary filmmaker and producer from the Philippines. She started working for independent documentaries in 2008, tackling conflict situations in Metro Manila. Tondo, Beloved, her producing and directorial debut in 2011, was screened in worldwide film festivals. Jewel is an active participant in efforts to help develop Southeast Asian documentary through the SEA DocNet, a network of documentary professionals in Southeast Asia. She recently finished her master’s degree in documentary cinema in a consortium of three European universities. She is also an alumni of the DocStation, Crossing Borders and Doha Film Institute’s 2nd Qumra.
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