VN to produce intercontinental documentary film

May 16, 2006


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VietNamNet – Film makers of the HCM City Television (HTV) on May 17, 2005 will begin shooting a long documentary film named ‘Train Chronicle – The Journey across the Continents’.


The film will be shot in 15 countries. From HCM City Railway Station, the eight-member film troupe will travel by train, passing through 15 Asian and European countries, and end in London, the UK.


The artists will stay mostly in Russia, France and the UK. Famous stations, railroads, people, land, beautiful spots and their histories and interesting tales will appear in their work. The troupe will leave on May 17, and return on July 17.


Their journey will be the longest and most adventurous project in the history of Vietnamese documentary film. All information and facts will be collected and reported right on the trip, without any advanced planning. This means that organisers and producers do not know what will happen to them.


Writer Tran Duc Tien, who worked on another documentary film, Mekong Chronicle, said: “Although this film is not as dangerous as Mekong Chronicle, we will still be pretty stretched. We will completely work in foreign countries without help or preparation.”


Moreover, the film troupe has to send home 8-10 minutes of footage daily to broadcast on television. The troupe will have to finish their work on trains regardless of shaking or any other difficulty. “We have just a tiny monitor, and have to edit the film on the shaking train. I have never seen others do that or experienced work like that”, one of the troupe members said. 


The previous film, Mekong Chronicle, was seen as a milestone in the documentary film of HCM City Television (HTV). It brought producers great success with over 50,000 DVD and VCD sold.


According to Huynh Van Nam, HTV’s director, the film, if successful, could bring about demand for reality shows. However, with limited financial support, the film will just be made simply. HTV plans to make more profound films of this sort in the future, according to director Ly Quang Trung.


Mr Nam said they wanted to make a documentary film in a new style, instead of the uninspired and mediocre way of traditional products and it would be broadcast everyday on HTV beginning June 6, 2006.



2 Responses to “VN to produce intercontinental documentary film”

  1. Jeevika Says:

    Jeevika: South Asia Documentary Festival, which began in 2003, aims at capturing the livelihood challenges faced by the rural and urban poor and bringing it to the attention of current and future policy makers. Over the years, Jeevika has been successful in advocating for the cause of numerous entry-level entrepreneurs – rickshaw pullers, street vendors, prostitutes, child labour, farmers and forest-dwellers.

    The premier event of the festival to be held at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi will be the awards ceremony from 20-23rd July 2007, which will culminate four days of screening for the top films. The last date for the submitting the entries is May 31, 2007

    In addition as part of the festival tour, the award-winning films will travel and be screened in premier schools and colleges in over 20 states in India and other organisations working on livelihood issues as well as in our South Asian neighbours.

    Over the years, Jeevika has become an increasingly popular and news-worthy event as well as an important catalyst for positive social change. The Film-makers whose films have been showcased in the past include Rakesh Sharma (of the Final Solution fame), Sanjay Barnela (Turf Wars) and Shohini Ghosh (Tales of the Night Fairies).

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  2. priyanka Says:

    Jeevika 2010: Asia Livelihood Documentary Festival. Call for Entry deadline: 30 June 2010
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