A member of the “Golden Generation” of Vietnam’s documentary filmmakers, People’s Artist Nguyen Thanh An passed away on April 21 at the age of 78 in Hanoi.
People’s Artist Thanh An (L) and general Vo Nguyen Giap Photo: Tuoi Tre
Born in 1934 in Quang Tri, Thanh An devoted his whole life to documentary filmmaking and became part of a generation of very talented documentary filmmakers that included Tran Van Thuy, Dao Trong Khanh, Le Manh Thich, Ngoc Quynh and Luong Duc.
He worked at the Vietnam Documentary Film Workshop from 1967 – 1989, during which he produced some of his best works such as Ngon den cua bien (The Sea’s Lighthouse), Nhung bai ca tu chien hao (Songs from the Trenches) and Bai hoc ve mot con nguoi (Lesson about a Man).
He was elected to be the deputy general secretary of the Vietnam Cinema Association for two terms from 1989-2000. In this period, he made two notable documentaries: Ho Chi Minh and China and Saigon – Ho Chi Minh: 300 years history.
Thanh An will be buried at Vinh Hang Cemetery, Ba Vi District, Hanoi.