Fifth Vietnam-Europe documentary film fest opens in Hanoi, HCMC

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A scene from Belgium documentary Un été avec Anton (A summer of Anton) by director Jasna Krajinovic, telling a story of a 12-year-old boy in a military boot camp that he chooses to attend in the summer

Documentaries from Vietnam, other Southeast Asian countries and Europe are being screened for free in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City through the end of June.

The Europe-Vietnam Documentary Film Festival presents 26 works covering a wide range of topics, including wars, child labor in Africa, and aging population ( though stories of eight former table tennis champions). Historical documentaries from Sweden and Switzerland are also being screened at the festival.

Prominent among the directors whose works are featured are French war photographer Patrick Chauvel and award-winning German director Heidi Specogna.

Vietnam has nine works screened at the festival, including "Long story at a hospital" that expresses social concerns about public healthcare, and "Words on waves" about education problems.

The festival marks its fifth anniversary with five first timers from the region - Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Cambodia and the Philippines, who have sent six documentaries.

Starting June 5, the documentaries will be screened until June 14 at the Central Science and Documentary Film Studio, 465 Hoang Hoa Tham Street, Hanoi; and at Hoa Sen university, 93 Cao Thang Street, Ho Chi Minh City between June 10 and 29.

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