Reflections of Contemporary Vietnam


WEDNESDAY 23/10, 19:00, GRAND

Vietnam is going through a dynamic transition period with strong economic growth. However, this brings new challenges. The two films represent different aspects and current challenges that Vietnam of today is facing – the distribution of natural resources, ethnic minorities, development versus conservation, the legacy of colonialism, and a long history of wars.
This session is part of the celebration of 50 years of diplomatic relations between Sweden and Vietnam. It is organized by Uppsala University, Uppsala Short Film Festival and the Vietnam Film Institute.


The screening is followed by an open panel discussion with participants from Uppsala University and invited film workers.


The film Letters from Panduranga is a meditative and self-reflective essay discussing different ways of approaching a subject and told through a correspondence between the director herself and her colleague. During the process the film questions the documentary narrative itself.

Ms Nguyen Trinh Thi is an independent filmmaker and video artist based in Hanoi. While studying journalism, international studies and ethnographic film in the United States, she became interested in film as a medium. In 2009 she founded DocLab – a center that organizes and provides training for young filmmakers.
Ms Nguyens movies have been screened at a variety of film festivals and cultural institutions worldwide.


In the film Deadline we follow young students in different parts of Vietnam in their endeavor to secure funding for further studies. The film illustrates Vietnamese people´s strong belief in education as a path to a better future.

Mr Nguyen Nhat Duy graduated from Hanoi Academy of Theatre and Cinema in 2008. Since then he has mainly written and directed documentaries and series for television. His latest film “My floating castle” won The Best Pitch Award at Tokyo Doc´s Colors of Asia project in 2017.



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