‘Vibrant Highland, Commercial Love’, originally named ‘Love Market (Chợ tình Khâu Vai) is the latest project by Hanoi-based filmmaker Matt Dworzanczyk, whose documentary about North Korea “The Land Of Whispers” went viral on Youtube last year.
‘Vibrant Highland, Commercial Love’ tells stories of exotic love, of tribal kings and opium trade, of kidnappings (trafficking) for the Chinese sex trade; it deals with homosexuality among Vietnam’s ethnic minorities, it talks about political reeducation, about spirits and magic. All those stories are intertwined in an energetic narrative centering around the myth and conspiracy of the secretive Love Market, a unique event during which ethnic minority couples supposedly break away from their families seeking to reconnect with their old lovers.
Produced & Directed by Matt Dworzanczyk
Assoc. Producer: Gerry Herman
Cinematography: Hoang Chaizee
Sound Editing: Hoang Thu Thuy & William Cox
Music by Josh Kopecek
Watch the film trailer here: