Documentary on Long Bien Bridge wins prize
  • | VNS | October 22, 2011 05:00 AM

A documentary about people\'s lives on and around the historic Long Bien Bridge has been awarded at the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival (YIDFF).

Long Bien Bridge (photo by VOV)

The film, Hard Rails across a Gentle River, was made by four directors. Each one directed and filmed a chapter about the bridge, which has witnessed the resistance wars and the country\'s development process.

The YIDFF is held biannually in Yamagata, Japan and divided into two sections, International Competition and New Asian Currents, attracting 1,078 films from 101 countries and territories and 705 films from 63 countries and territories, respectively.

Sixteen entries were awarded at this year\'s festival. Together with Russian and Japanese films, the Vietnamese documentary was one of three to receive a Special Mention in the New Asian Currents section.

"The section discovers and supports Asian filmmakers whose works exude a luminous glow despite their rough edges, as they continue to bravely engage with new forms of expression," said the organiser.

"The 24 works selected for the final round are filled with the love and vision of their makers, who take a flexible approach to their layered identities."

This is one of the most prestigious and long-running international documentary festivals in the world and focuses exclusively on documentaries. This year, the jury board included veteran filmmakers from the US, Cuba, Canada, Japan, Chinese Taipei and India.
The documentary is in the film library and available for screening at DocLab – 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Hanoi.S

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