Vietnamese Directors Visit Mason for Film Festival

Posted: June 3, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski

Seventeen-year-old director Anthony H. Nguyen, whose films have appeared at the Vietnamese International Film Festival in California, will join another Vietnamese director, Ham Tran, on Saturday, June 5, at in the Johnson Center Cinema for the CineFest Vietnam film festival.

The festival will feature three films. Black Thread, directed by Nguyen when he was 16 years old, is a 25-minute horror movie in the tradition of The Ring and The Others. The second film, The Anniversary, directed by Tran and winner of the Grand Prize at the 2003 USA Film Festival, is a 28-minute film about a Vietnamese Buddhist monk who is haunted by memories of war and betrayal on the anniversary of his brother’s death. The festival will wrap up with a 90-minute film, First Morning, directed by Victor Vu, about the emotional and psychological turmoil endured by a Vietnamese family in their escape from communist Vietnam and their struggle to build a life in America.

The festival will have two screenings of the three films. The afternoon show will start at 2:30 p.m., and the evening show will start at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $6 and may be purchased at the door or in advance by visiting the web site.

The event is sponsored by the Vietnamese Culture and Science Association and the George Mason Vietnamese Student Association.

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