10:29′ 04/10/2006 (GMT+7)

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A scene from the film.

VietNamNet Bridge – The US filmmakers have just screened the 56-minute film “The Last Ghost of War” about orange agent’s effect on Vietnam in the US.


The filmakers document the Vietnamese AO victims who are taken care of at Tu Du Hospital in Ho Chi MInh City.

Thirty years after the end of the Vietnam War, they are among several million victims of Agent Orange. In The Last Ghost of War, viewers meet the Vietnamese plaintiffs in a class action suit against 32 US chemical companies.

These victims are seeking compensation and justice.


The question is whether these dioxin laden herbicides chemical weapons. And if so, who should be held accountable in the wake of what was the largest chemical warfare operation in the US history?


This investigative documentary is a presentation of the Center for Asian American Media with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.


This film was made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This film is a sponsored program of New York Foundation for the Arts.


In The Last Ghost of War, Vietnamese and American veterans, chemical workers, lawyers, scientists, and a military historian take us to this final battlefield.

The film, narrated by Kevin Kline and directed by Pham Quoc Thai and Janet Gardner, is shot on locations in Vietnam, France and the United States.


(Source: SGGP)

14:41′ 04/10/2006 (GMT+7)

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Director Minh Chuyen (second from the left) at the festival.

VietNamNet Bridge – A Vietnamese documentary film, Cha, con va nguoi linh (The father, the son and the soldier), won the award for best film at the 10th International Film Festival in Pyongyang, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.


The film tells the story of a war veteran’s family in northern province Thai Binh, with three generations suffering from Agent Orange.


Director of the film, Minh Chuyen, said that the film impressed judges at the festival as well as local audiences. Many people were in tears while watching it.


In a scene, Thoa a girl from Thai Binh, who is also an Agent Orange victim, is taken to America for treatment. Being excited that her health problems were solved, she exclaims, “The American people are very kind!”


As he did not expect that his film would win the prize, Chuyen decided to go back to Vietnam at lunch time on September 22. But he was very happy when informed in the evening on the same day that his film had won the cup for Best Documentary Film.


Also at the festival, a German film won the Best Movie Award for Drama, a Chinese film won the award for Film with Best Music and a Russian film won the prize for Film with Best Costumes.


According to Chuyen the total budget for making the film was only VND30mil (US$1,875).


The film earned Chuyen the Consolation Prize at the Seoul Documentary Film Festival last year.


During his week in Pyongyang, Chuyen was busy making another documentary film, “A Moment in North Korea”, which is scheduled to be broadcast later this month on the state TV channel VTV 3.


(Source: Tien phong)


Prominent designer Vo Viet Chung is set to unveil his collection in Australia and New Zealand from Oct. 25 to Nov. 5, following up on his success at the Festival of Silk in Shanghai, China last month.

Thirty-six-year-old Chung plans to bring 200 ao dai (Vietnamese women’s traditional dress) designed in silk and Lanh My A (a rare traditional fabric) – the cornerstone of his “Dreaming of Asia” shows in Australia and New Zealand over the next two weeks.

He said the collection features not only high fashion, but casual dress as well, diversified in size range for women of all ages. 

“I want to show Vietnamese cultural beauty throughout different periods,” Chung added.

Last month, he attended one of the biggest fashion shows of the year in Shanghai, China, The Festival of Silk, broadcast live on Fashion TV and CNN.

He was chosen among the top 5 of 30 fashion competing designers.

At the festival, Chung presented the collection “Ms Ba from Vietnam”, with 15 designs based on ao dai and ao ba ba (the stereotypical black silk pyjamas – worn by both men and women in the southern countryside, particularly the Mekong Delta) made of the Lanh My A fabric.

The designs include hand embroidered patterns of tradition symbols of the pagoda, bohdi and lotus leaves.

“Our embroiderers spent a full six months to complete just 15 designs,” he said.

Two weeks after his shows in Australia and New Zealand, Chung will join the Singapore Fashion Week in Vietnam with 60 designs based on ao dai, ao ba ba and ao tu than – a four-flapped traditional dress often worn by Northern Vietnamese.

On July 2 of this year, Chung was the first-ever Viet designer to be awarded a UNESCO badge and certificate of merit for his contributions to the preservation of Vietnamese intangible cultural objects.

Source: Thanh Nien, VietNamNet – Compiled by Luu Thi Hong

October 5, 2006
Noted fashion designer Vo Viet Chung will launch a collection in Australia and New Zealand between October 25 and November 5 this year after last month’s success at Festival of Silk in Shanghai.

Chung, 36 years old, will introduce 200 ao dai, Vietnamese women’s traditional dress made of silk and Lanh My A, traditional fabric, here in coming two weeks.

This collection will display high fashion and occasional dresses that fit on women of all sizes. Designs include handmade patterns of pagoda, bohdi and lotus leaves which are traditional symbols.

Chung informed that his embroiderers took six months to finish the 15 designs.

He was selected among top five from 30 fashion designers competing at last month’s Festival of Silk. He exhibited his collection “Ms Ba from Vietnam” that included 15 designs based on ao dai and ao ba ba, the black silk pyjamas made from Lanh My A fabric.

After this show, he will participate in Singapore Fashion Week in Vietnam displaying 60 designs based on ao dai, ao ba ba and ao tu than, a four flapped Northern Vietnamese traditional dress.