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Festival de Cinéma Francophone to return to Vietnam

The poster of Nhung neo duong cong ly (Path of justice), one of three documentary films from Vietnam that will be presented in the upcoming French Film Festival, held in Vietnam from March 18 to April 18.

This year’s Festival de Cinéma Francophone (French Film Festival) will be held in Hanoi, Hue, and Ho Chi Minh City from March 18 to April 18.

The festival, co-hosted by the Department of Cinema and International Organization of the French Speaking World, will feature 12 French-language films and documentaries submitted by filmmakers in Cameroon, Tunisia, France, Greece, Switzerland, Belgium, and Vietnam.

Vietnam will present three documentaries: Nhung neo duong cong ly (Path of justice) by director Lai Van Sinh; Le Hong Chuong’s Con lai voi thoi gian (Left with time); and Chon que (Hometown) from director Sy Chung.

The 30-mintute film Nhung neo duong cong ly depicts the suffering of Agent Orange victims in Vietnam and America, who now stand together to demand justice.

The film won the Golden Kite Award in 2004 and a special jury prize at the Asia Pacific Film Festival (APFF). Con lai voi thoi gian won a Golden Kite in 2005 and Best Documentary Film at APFF in 2006.

Chon que, produced by the National Documentary and Scientific Film Production Studio, depicts life in several rural northern villages in post-war Vietnam.

French philosopher for kids to speak in Hanoi

French philosopher Dr Oscar Brenifier will hold forth on how to teach children to think at L’Espace in Hanoi Tuesday.

At “Comment dialoguer avec les enfants” he will discuss positive skills Vietnamese parents should use when they talk to their children.

He is also scheduled to visit some schools and make presentations on teaching children critical thinking.

Brenifier is considered an authority on philosophy for children, philosophical practices, and critical thinking.

He has worked in many countries, including South Korea, China, Spain, and the US while his works have been translated into more than 30 languages.

One of his books that was translated into Vietnamese and published recently tells parents how to answer questions asked frequently by their kids.

Quang Ngai to restore ancient sailboat, barge

A local scholar in the Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago plans to restore a three-meter long sailboat that is believed to have been used by royal troops during the reign of the Nguyen Lords (1558-1777), according to officials from the central province of Quang Ngai.

Apart from the ancient sailboat, Vo Hien Dat, 81, known as ong do dat dao (the island scholar) plans to assist in the restoration of a wooden barge used by Ly Son Island residents several centuries ago.

The ships are being restored as part of a year-long effort to draw visitors to the area, according to Nguyen Dang Vu, director of the province’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Vu also revealed that six prehistoric grave sites have been discovered in the province’s Tay Tra District.

The graves allegedly belonged to the Sa Huynh people who thrived between 1,000BC and 200AD.

Objects buried in the graves included glass earrings decorated with animal heads, stone tools, iron knives and pottery.

Work at the archaeological site will continue until the end of May.

International short films to hit local screens

The global short film network Future Shorts will return to Vietnam this month with three short movies.

“Skateistan”, a coming of age story about a Rio De Janeiro boy, “El Guincho Bombay,” a movie about dancing, and a family portrait film, “Cousin,” will be screened at Phuc Tan Bar in Hanoi on March 12 and Yoko and Snap cafés in HCMC on March 13 and 16.

Future Shorts, which showcases short films every month at different locations worldwide, first came to Vietnam last year.

Tickets cost VND 30,000 for students and VND 50,000 to 60,000 for general public.

Professor presents treasured documents to Archives Centre

Professor and Labour Hero, Vu Khieu presented a large number of his valuable documents to the National Archives Centre III on March 3 in Hanoi.

Professor Vu Khieu presented over 2,500 handwritten documents, 200 articles, and more than 700 parallel sentences, translations and personal research documents in the fields of philosophy, religion, society, culture and aesthetics to the centre along with his research that won Ho Chi Minh awards in science and technology.

These valuable documents feature the life and career of the Professor and will also provide researchers with volumes of diverse information in a variety of fields.

On the occasion, Professor Khieu was awarded a certificate of merit ‘For the Cause of Records and Archives’ for his contributions to the preservation and conservation of the country’s intangible treasures.

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