|Quang Trung Museum in Binh Dinh Province is one of main backgrounds in the documentary. — File Photo
HA NOI — A new television documentary entitled Trieu Dai Quang Trung - Nguyen Hue (Nguyen Hue - Quang Trung Dynasty) is expected to be aired on television.
The documentary will be aired to mark the 227th Ngoc Hoi – Dong Da Victory anniversary on the fifth day of the Lunar New Year (February 12).
The 18-part documentary has been produced by Viet Long Studio with the film crew of Director Nguyen Duc Long, and script writers Vo Dac Du and Nguyen Trong Tin.
"The film covers the life and career of the Nguyen Hue brothers and later the Quang Trung Dynasty," Long said. "They left their native home in the central Nghe An Province to go to Binh Dinh Province in central Viet Nam."
Long was born in the central Quang Nam Province, where he witnessed the fierce American war. That inspired him make a historical documentary to pay tribute to the older generation.
"I want to contribute towards helping young people understand national history through the documentary," the director said.
This is the second documentary that Long, who has a passion for historical documentaries, directed.
The 18 episodes were shot at more than 500 locations, scattered across 48 provinces and cities of Viet Nam. The shooting took about one year in 2015, with a total investment of nearly VND2 billion (US$89,000).
More than 10 history and literature researchers such as Professor Phan Huy Le, chairman of the Viet Nam History Science Association; Dr Vu Minh Giang, head of Ha Noi National University; historian Le Van Lan; and author Quach Giao were invited to take part in the documentary.
|Director Duc Long and author Quach Giao. Giao is one of history and literature researchers appearing in the documentary. — VNS File Photo
However, Long is looking for television studios that will agree to buy the documentary for VND36 million per 20-minute episode.
"I contacted many local television studios, but only some studios such as Dong Thap Television, Dac Lac Television, Quang Ngai Television and Binh Dinh Television responded to my offer. They also quoted a lower price," Long said.
"I think more historical films are needed, besides entertainment films, for young people to know more about our glorious history," he said.
In the early spring of 1789, Nguyen Hue – who was later proclaimed Emperor Quang Trung – led his troops from the Hue imperial palace to Ha Noi, which was then occupied by the Qing army.
He launched a surprise attack and defeated more than 29,000 invading soldiers in a battle on the fifth day of the Lunar New Year.
The victory of Ngoc Hoi-Dong Da has gone down in Vietnamese history as an immortal and epic struggle for national construction and defence.
A festival has been held every year on the fifth day of the Lunar New Year to honour Emperor Quang Trung at Dong Da Park in Ha Noi. — VNS