Discovery channel to broadcast Vietnamese documentaries

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Four Vietnamese award-winning documentaries will be broadcast on the Discovery channel in May, Discovery Networks announced at a press conference in Hanoi Thursday.

Four of five documentaries that won the channel's First Time Filmmakers Vietnam competition two years ago will have their television premieres between May 5 and 26.

The documentaries are: Nguyen Manh Ha's Thanh pho 1,000 tuoi (One thousand-year-old city), Dao Thanh Tung's Le cai tang (Digging up the Death), Hoang Manh Cuong's Rap chieu phim di dong cua bac Long (Mr. Long's traveling cinema) and Phan Duy Linh's Nhung chien binh chong tac duong (Jam busters).

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May 5: Nhung chien binh chong tac duong (Jam busters)

May 12: Rap chieu phim di dong cua bac Long (Mr. Long's traveling cinema)

May 19: Thanh pho 1,000 tuoi (One thousand-year-old city)

May 26: Le cai tang (Digging up the Death)

Each 30-minute film will be broadcast on Discovery channel at 8 p.m every Thursday and repeated at 11 p.m the same day, and at 7 a.m and 1 p.m the following day (Vietnam time).

Vikram Khanna, vice president of content and programming of Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, said that each film with its distinctive style features changes during urbanization as well as changes in cultural identities in the eyes of the Vietnamese people themselves.

Each documentary was produced at the cost of US$20,000, funded by the Ford Foundation.

Jointly organized by the Ford Foundation, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, Asia Uproar and Vietnam's Redbridge Company, the First Time Filmmakers competition was launched in Vietnam in 2009.

Discovery Networks estimates that documentaries will reach more than 165 million households in the Asia-Pacific region.

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