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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 Tele­vi­sion’s 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 Thö’s 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 cen­turies.

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