In 1985 the Hawaii International Film Festival screened Đặng Nhật Minh’s When the Tenth Month Comes (Bao Giò Cho Đến Tháng Mười) the first Vietnamese feature film to be shown in a US film festival. Thirty years later, Hawai‘i’s connection to Vietnamese cinema continues to thrive and to play a key role in the goal of Vietnam’s National Cinema Department to launch its film industry to the forefront of Southeast Asian cinema. Now, the National Cinema Department starts a tour of the U.S. that starts in Honolulu and includes stops in New York and Washington, D.C. The department brings filmmakers, actors, critics and scholars to Hawai‘i to present six critically acclaimed, commercially successful new films, some of which will be screening outside of Vietnam for the first time. This overview of contemporary Vietnamese cinema includes Q+A sessions with cast and crew.
Organized and programmed by Vietnam’s National Cinema Department under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism in conjunction with the Embassy of Vietnam in the U.S., the Vietnam Delegation to United Nations in New York, Smithsonian Institute, Motion Picture Association (MPA), and Red Bridge Company. Special thanks: Jeannette Hereniko, President, NETPAC/USA (Network for the Promotion of Asia Pacific Cinema/ USA) and Anderson Le, Director of Programming, Hawaii International Film Festival.