HA NOI — A Vietnamese film focusing on lesbianism was screened at the second Lifescapes Southeast Asian (SEAN) Film Festival, held in Chiang Mai, Thailand early this month.
The film, Which Way to the Sea, tells stories how five Vietnamese lesbians from the three regions of the country exist in their daily lives.
The 53-minute film was directed and produced by Nguyen Van Anh, Pham Mai Phuong and Trang Thanh Hien, under the Ha Noi Laboratory for Documentary Films and Video Arts (Ha Noi DOCLAB).
Four other Vietnamese movies to be screened at the event include The Story of Ones by Pham Ngoc Lan, Who Owns the Land? by Doan Hong Le, Ha Noi Eclipse – the Music of Dai Lam Linh by Barley Norton, and With or Without Me? by Swann Dubus and Tran Phuong Thao.
The Thai film fest aims to create a venue for young film-makers from the Mekong Sub-region, including Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Viet Nam.
Ha Noi DOCLAB will also present two films at the Bangkok Experimental Film Festival including A Soldier's Song Sample Experiment, recording the stories and testimonies of the ordinary people who lived along Ho Chi Minh Trail during the war, the passage for troops and supplies; and Hard Rails Across a Gentle River, observing the vendors who ply their trade along the Long Bien Bridge in Ha Noi.
There was no award granted at either film festival, but entries presented were selected by international filmmakers and received a great deal of attention from the local public. — VNS