Hanoi DocFest 2017

Hanoi DocFest 2017

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photo credit: Thịnh Nguyễn | design credit: Tuan Linh
photo credit: Thịnh Nguyễn | design credit: Tuan Linh

05 06 – 12 Nov 2017
Goethe Institut and Vui Studio

From DOCLAB and Goethe Institut:

Hanoi DocLab and Goethe-Institut Hanoi are extremely proud to present our 5th edition of Hanoi DocFest – Vietnam’s only annual festival dedicated to independent creative documentaries, experimental and hybrid films.

At Hanoi DocFest, we believe in a cinema of individual voices, and each year we bring to the audience independent works from Vietnam, as well as ones from around the globe – works in which we see powerful potential of creativity and of a vast and generous cinema.

This year’s festival has an important structural change: the program will last for a week and happen in many places in the city, to give the audience a broader perspective of what’s happening in the independent film scene. At DocFest 2017, you will find films that contemplate the many aspects of the social and the personal, manifested not only in informational route but also in unique formal approaches. We are honored to be jointly organizing a 2-day symposium dedicated to cinema of the region, titled “Time, Space, and the Visceral in Southeast Asian Cinema”, with the Southeast Asian Cinemas Research Network, with speakers including Philippa Lovatt, Gaik Khoo, Jasmine Trice, Mariam Lam, Hitomi Hasegawa, Sow-Yee Au, Davide Cazzaro, Merv Espina, Thaiddhi; on the Vietnamese side, we welcome Síu Phạm, Trương Minh Quý, Trần Ngọc Hiếu, Nguyễn Trinh Thi, Trần Duy Hưng, Trần Trung Hiếu. We will also have the pleasure to welcome Birgit Glombitza, the art director of Hamburg International Short Film Festival, who will introduce us to the contemporary aesthetics and current trends of the short films in different international festivals through three screening programs and presentations. Furthermore, our schedule includes an intensive 3-day field recording and sound design workshop at our festival, led by Ernst Karel, a sound engineering specialist from Harvard University’s Sensory Ethnography Lab (SEL).

During the weekend, we have two main screening programs: “Then and Now” and “Portrait“. Here, the audience will travel through the different landscapes of Vietnam, the Gia Lai region with Drowing Dew – a collaborative project between Art Labor Collective and Trương Quế Chi and Đỗ Văn Hoàng, the Mekong area with “Flat Sunlight” by Lena Bui, the street of Khâm Thiên in “March 23” by Phạm Thị Hảo… to meet an ex-freelance interpreter at the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in the mid-1960s, a man who came home after spending 18 years in prison, families from the North, the South, and Middle Vietnam who live together in an apartment near the Vietnam National Children’s Hospital, and many more. They are the stories that we believe, to a certain extent, will tell a story of a Vietnam in which we are living and witnessing its many changes.

In closing, we hope to see you at Hanoi DocFest 2017, to talk and share with the filmmakers your vision of the world, and participating in this meaningful moment of Vietnamese independent cinema.

Detailed program

Free of charge (except the Reality-Based Sound Workshop with Ernst Karel)

Follow updates on the event page and the website of Hanoi Doclab

Related posts:
Reality-Based Sound Workshop with Ernst Karel
Hanoi DocFest 2017 Screening: Program “Portrait”
Hanoi DocFest 2017 Screening: “On The Endless Road”
ĐôcPhêt: A Moving Image Festival

Information on the previous editions of DocFest:
DocFest 2012-2013
DocFest 2014
DocFest 2015
DocFest 2016

Goethe-Institut Hanoi
56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Ba Dinh, Hanoi
Tel.: +84 24 3734 2251
Fax: +84 24 3734 2254
[email protected]
Vui Studio
3c Tong Duy Tan, Hanoi


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