Festival de Cinéma Francophone to return to Vietnam

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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.

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