Directors Bui Dinh Hac and Dang Nhat Minh will be honoured at the Viet Nam Cinematography Association’s Golden Kite Awards for Lifetime Achievement in March.
Both directors have made great contributions to Vietnamese cinema. Hac, a former head of the Viet Nam Cinematography Association, has made many acclaimed documentaries and features like Ho Chi Minh – Chan Dung Mot Con Nguoi (Ho Chi Minh – A Portrait of Man) and Duong Ve Que Me (Road Back to Mother).
Duong Ve Que Me was honoured at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival in 1972 and won first prize at the New Delhi Film Festival and the Viet Nam National Film Festival in 1973.
The documentary is one of three by Hac about President Ho Chi Minh. The two others are Duong Ve To Quoc (Road Back Home) and Nguyen Ai Quoc Den Voi Le Nin (Nguyen Ai Quoc Comes to Lenin).
Hac and his film crew went to the former Soviet Union to collect documents from museums in Moscow.
Director Dang Nhat Minh is internationally recognised for his award-winning films.
Minh has directed such as classic Vietnamese films as When the Tenth Month Comes (1984); Nostalgia for the Countryside (1995) and Don’t Burn, Viet Nam’s 2009 entry into the Academy Awards’ Foreign Language Film category.
Minh’s When the Tenth Month Comes is the first post-war Vietnamese movie to be shown at international film festivals and was named one of the 18 best Asian films by CNN in 2008.
Minh has been honoured in the US and Japan.
Minh also served as Phillip Noyce’s second unit director on The Quiet American in 2002, one of the first western productions to shoot in Viet Nam.
The two directors were awarded the Ho Chi Minh Prize in 2007.
Composer to be honoured with memorial in Hue
A memorial to the late composer Trinh Cong Son (1939-2001) will be build on Bau Ho Hill along the banks of the Huong (Perfume) River in the central city of Hue.
Son, considered among the nation’s greatest songwriters, wrote over 600 songs and was also a poet and painter.
The memorial will be situated on a 10ha site near tourist sites such as King Tu Duc’s Mausoleum, the Thuy Bieu eco-village and Vong Canh Hill and will host displays dedicated to the music, poetry and art of the composer.
Poetry, music helps learning
The value of poetry and music as well as ways to use them in teaching and learning English were explained in a talk given yesterday by Jeremy Harmer, an experienced teacher, trainer and author.
Titled The Marriage of True Minds – Poetry, Music and Language Learning, the talk attracted more than 200 Vietnamese and foreign teachers who teach English at universities, colleges, international schools and foreign language centres in the city.
“We [teachers] can encourage students to be more creative with the language. Poetry allows you to see the whole world in just a few lines and can make students feel the whole world. And music can do exactly the same,” Harmer said.
He said students must be made aware of the beauty of the language they are trying to learn. Once they have heard its beauty, they would be motivated to learn faster, he added.
“Poetry is useful in so many different ways. You can use it for games, for fun, for making people’s hearts sing or suffer. And music can do exactly the same. We don’t even need any grammar or vocabulary,” Harmer said.
Harmer, currently a faculty member for MA TESOL at the New School in New York, is the author of several books for teachers.
His new book, Essential Teacher Knowledge, which will be available in Viet Nam in April, gives teachers new to the profession, especially non-native speakers, a thorough grounding in the English language as well as in language teaching techniques.
Central region to host folk singing festival in June
A festival of vi dam singing, a style of folk singing derived from repartees while working and popular in the central provinces of Nghe An and Ha Tinh, will be held for the first time in June in the city of Vinh.
“Vi dam originated in the old days among the working people and was the unique folk music of these two provinces,” said Nghe An People’s Committee vice chairman Nguyen Xuan Duong. “It should be protected and promoted.”
The festival will gather vi dam artists at different ages, including students. It’s scheduled to take place once every three years.-
Entertainment company loses licence for piracy
Thanh Hoa Province has cancelled the licence of an event organiser for organising a popular TV music contest in several provinces without permission from its copyright holders.
The Ba Mien Arts Performance Organising Company hosted the Do Re Mi programme for children at venues in Dong Nai, Binh Duong, Thua Thien-Hue provinces this month, Nguyen Van Tuan, head of the Thanh Hoa Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said.
Do Re Mi is a programme made by the multimedia company for Viet Nam Television’s VTV3 channel.
The company sold tickets with photos of children winning in the actual Do Re Mi programme, causing many buyers to think the children will perform at the shows.
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