Vietnam's Hard Rails wins Best Documentary at Thai film festival

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Vietnam's Hard Rails Across A Gentle River has won the Best Asean Documentary prize at the Salaya International Documentary Film Festival in Thailand.


According to DOCLAB, the local studio that produced the film, the announcement was made last Sunday night, even though the news was not yet on the film festival's website.


The 45-minute documentary tells the stories of people who live, work and play around a railroad bridge, among them a group of nude swimmers.


The film is actually a collection of four short documentaries directed by Tran Thi Anh Phuong, Do Van Hoang, Pham Thu Hang and Tran Thanh Hien. Hard Rails was produced by Nguyen Trinh Thi, Jamie Maxtone-Graham and DocLab, with funding from British Council, and support from Goethe Institute in Vietnam.


The festival was hosted by the Thai Film Archive March 20-25.


This year, there were seven entries in all, both feature-length and shorts, coming from Vietnam, Malaysia, Burma, Indonesia and Thailand.


The jury included film critic Prawich Taeng-aksorn, filmmaker Pimpaka Towira and the Singapore National Museum's Zhang Wenjie.
Some of the Salaya films will be re-screened on March 31 and April 1, at the Bangkok Art and Culture Center.


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