VIEÄT NAM IN FOCUS
Three Vietnamese films including a documentary on General Giaùp will be screened at several universities in the United States next month.
The New Yorkbased Institute for Vietnamese Culture and Education (IVCE) will screen several documentaries on Vieät Nam at universities in the United States next month.
IVCE president Traàn Thaéng
informed Vieät Nam News yesterday that a programme compris
ing three films General Giaùp,
Little Stories in the Big Sea and Into the Ocean, as well as a presentation on Vietnamese sea trade in the 17th and 18th centuries will be held at eight different universities and foundations from October 3-18.
The films will be screened at Brown University, Mount Holyoke College, Yale University, New York University, Temple University, University of Pennsylvania, US Navy Memorial Foundation and Naval Heritage Center, and George Washington University.
General Giaùp is a 45-minute documentary made by Talk Viet
nam ( a programme on Vieät Nam Televisions VTV4) on the photography of Catherine Karnow and her long time friendship with the late General Giaùp and his family, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Ñieän Bieân Phuû victory.
Catherine Karnow is the daughter of American historian and journalist Stanley Karnow, known for his writings on the war in Vieät Nam and interview with General Giaùp for the New York
Times in 1990. Director Phan Huyeàn Thös 30-minute documentary called
Little Stories in the Big Sea is a series of encounters with people on the way to visit their loved ones living on the Tröôøng Sa (Spratly) Archipelago.
On a ship, people get acquainted and tell each other stories about their husbands, sons and their fathers on Tröôøng Sa Lôùn, Tröôøng Sa Ñoâng (Central London Reef) and Phan Vinh Island (Pearson Reef).
Into the Ocean, directed by Leâ Ngoïc Thanh and Leâ Ñöùc Haûi, is a meùlange of memories: the past, the present, and the future of two brothers in a journey through which they discover the homeland and their own selves.
A programme press release notes that it is a story not for retelling, but a disorderly mixture of reality and dreams.
In this journey, the fragments raise a universal question about the meaning of parting and reuniting, the two states of being human , the release says.
Traàn Ñöùc Anh Sôn, deputy director of the Ñaø Naüng-based Institute for Socio- Economic Development (ISED), will make a 15- minute presentation on Vietnamese sea trade in the 17th and 18th centuries.
The presentation traces the journey out into the sea by Vietnamese merchants from the first century and their path to world sea trade, especially in the Age of the Great Commerce in the 17th and 18th centuries.
At this time, the most famous Vietnamese trade ports like Phoá Hieán, Cöûa Loø, Cöûa Vieät, Thanh Haø-Bao Vinh, Hoäi An and Nöôùc Maën, stretching from the north to south central Vieät Nam, were extremely busy with the traffic of trade ships from China, Japan, Ryukyu, Thailand, the Netherlands , Portugal, and Spain.
Traàn Thaéng also said that he had presented the Ñaø Naüng Museum with a collection of nearly 100 old maps published between 1826 and 1980, of which 10 show that Hoaøng Sa (Paracel) and the Tröôøng Sa Archipelagos belong to Vieät Nam.
The IVCE is a non- profit organisation founded in New York in 2000. It facilitates the collaboration of various Southeast Asia Studies Centres and Vietnamese Student Associations throughout the US.
It has helped organise Vietnamese cultural programmes, including traditional and contemporary music, poetry and literature, film, folk and contemporary painting exhibitions, as well as seminars on history for the last several years.
The institute has carried out many programmes aimed at raising awareness about Vietnamese culture and expanding educational opportunities for Vietnamese students.
Flourishing times: A poster on Vietnamese sea trade in the 17th and 18th