Vietnam to host Int'l Documentary Film Festival 2011

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Vietnam will host the third International Documentary Film Festival from June 6 to 11, according to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

The event will feature filmmakers from Europe including Italy, France, Germany, Denmark and Vietnam. The independent films are on different themes including the arts, social issues, urbanization, and immigration.

An Italian film, directed by Isabel Achaval Genuardi, is called Storie di Pioggia (Rain Stories) and shows the experiences of people with very different social and cultural backgrounds. However, they have much in common and Genuardi focuses on their similarities in relocating from their home countries to live a new life abroad.

Other screenings include "Stolen Art" from Belgium, Herbstgold (Autumn Gold) from Germany, and "Cleveland versus Wall Street," a film about a mock tribunal in Ohio by Swiss director Jean-Stéphane Bron. Six documentaries originating from Vietnam will be featured.

The event will take place nightly the week of June 6. Vietnam National Documentary and Scientific Studio in Hanoi will screen the shows at 7 p.m. and is located at 465 Hoang Hoa Tham Street. (Cocktails will be served at 6:30 p.m.). The screenings in Ho Chi Minh City will occur the same week at the Institute for Cultural Exchange with France (IDECAF) at 31 Thai Van Lung Street in District 1. (Cinet)

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