The SGIFF award, given Saturday night, was for the documentary, The Future Cries Beneath Our Soil, which revolves around the postwar lives of four people in the central province of Quang Tri, the site of many clashes between Vietnamese and American forces. After the war, to survive, the characters work for a gold mine and remove leftover bombs. "When I was abroad, I thought of making a film related to the Vietnam War. The project kicked off in 2014 and was completed after four years," she said. Pham Thu Hang (middle) at the Singapore International Film Festival. Photo by VnExpress/An Nguyen Hang studied documentary filmmaking in Portugal, Hungary and Belgium. Before that, she was a researcher in Vietnam. Her next film is about leprosy patients. Beside Hang, Dao Thi Minh Trang’s Never Been Kissed was awarded the Most Promising Project of the Southeast Asian Film Lab. The award carries a prize money of more than $2,000. The movie is about two women who are best … [Read more...] about Vietnamese documentary gets best director award at Singapore film fest
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As she prepares to step down after four years as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton says she won’t run for president in 2016. But insight from sources close to her, a look at the US political landscape, and recent clues tell a different story.Of the questions swirling around Washington DC these days -- Can a fiscal cliff deal be reached? Should the administration do more about Syria? Which designer will the first lady wear to the inaugural ball? -- perhaps none is as obsessively pondered as: What will Hillary Clinton do next? According to whisperings from her inner circle, the secretary of state, who is expected to step down in the next few months, may buy a country house in the Hamptons or upstate New York with her husband, former President Bill Clinton. The 65-year-old Clinton herself told The New York Times that her plans were “to sleep and exercise and travel for fun”. And it seems a given that she will do high-profile speaking engagements and write a book about … [Read more...] about A burning question: What’s next for Hillary Clinton?
Two television journalists were shot to death during a live broadcast in Virginia on Wednesday, slain by a former employee of the TV station and who called himself a "powder keg" of anger over what he saw as racial discrimination at work and elsewhere in the United States. The suspect, 41-year-old Vester Flanagan, shot himself as police pursued him on a Virginia highway hours after the shooting. Flanagan, who was African-American, died later at a hospital, police said. The journalists who were killed were reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27. Both journalists were white, as is a woman who they were interviewing. The woman was wounded and was in stable condition, a hospital spokesman said. Social media postings by a person who appeared to be Flanagan indicated the suspect had grievances against the station, CBS affiliate WDBJ7 in Roanoke, Virginia, which let him go two years ago. The person also posted video that appeared to show the attack filmed from the gunman's … [Read more...] about Virginia TV journalists killed by suspect with ‘powder keg’ of anger
Folk culture of sea and island area discussed As many as 38 scientists throughout the country analysed issues concerning the ecology, history and folk culture of people living in the coastal region and on islands - to promote sea tourism and to confirm Việt Nam's sovereignty over its territory and waters - at a workshop held yesterday in the central city of Quảng Ngãi. Nguyễn Đăng Vũ, director of local Department for Culture, Sports and Tourism, said that for the past 10 years the province has been one of the leading localities in the country in developing sea and island economics and preserving sea folk culture heritage - including hosting the "Lễ Khao Lề Thế Lính Hoàng Sa" (Feast and Commemoration Festival for Hoàng Sa Soldiers) every third lunar month. The province has also hosted various national-level workshops on sea and islands, which shows local authorities' efforts in preserving and developing local sea and islands culture, he said. Researchers addressing the workshop … [Read more...] about Social News 17/7
No daring man can do the job that a woman in the Mekong Delta region has been doing for decades. For nearly forty years, she has climbed hundreds of thousands of coconut trees, many of them at least 40 meters tall, and has gained success and fame from doing so. A 'professional' coconut climber, she is named by locals the 'first lady of climbing coconut trees in the Delta' and is building a house with the money she has made from her unique job. Hai was featured as the main character in the short film titled 'Grandmother climbs coconut trees' that won a silver title in a local festival in 2009. 'Coconuts chose me' This is her humorous reply to the question of how she began her strange job and why she has pursued it for 40 years. "Probably coconuts chose me. As a woman, how could I choose this job that even men fear?" Hai asked Tuoi Tre. "I can't remember exactly the first time I climbed for money, but I know I was hired to do so and paid a small sum. Then I took the money … [Read more...] about Born to climb