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Film Night: When the Mother is Away

June 28, 2018 @ 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM


The film “When the mother is away” (Mẹ Vắng Nhà) by Director Nguyen Khanh Du

This film (from 1979) is considered one of the most favoured films about mothers and children in Vietnamese cinematography. It is the beautiful and poetic story describing the life of Ms. Ut Tich living in the Mekong Delta with her five children during the American War. As she had to be away from home in order to carry out the task of transporting bullets for the army in the South for the resistance movement,  she assigned her eldest daughter (only 10 yrs old)  the responsibility of looking after the household and caring for her siblings. The end of the film focuses on the eldest daughter’s dreams in which she and her brothers and sisters had the chance to wear clean clothes and go to school.  One poignant image also at the end shows all the letters taught at school flying up to the sky turning into pigeons in a time of peace without the sound of war.

The film won the Golden Lotus award at the fifth National Film Festival in 1980 and the Crystal Vase award at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in former Czechoslovakia 1980.

Black & White film with English subtitles

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Please arrive by 7.15pm latest to collect and pay for your ticket at VFS. As a courtesy to those on the waiting list – please cancel if you can’t come.

Reserved seating tickets are allocated on a first come – first served basis. We don’t pre-book seating but if you come early you can get one of the big comfy armchair seats.

Ticket: 150,000 vnd

Max 50 people

Refreshments: ice cold beer 20,000 vnd per can/bottle.  Bottle of water complimentary

Parking fees @ the Studio – 5,000 vnd motorbike; 2,000 vnd for a cycle; 10,000 vnd for car

Vietnam Feature Films Studio is the Big Brother of the country’s film industry. This is a huge honor and privilege for FVH to have the chance to hold our film nights here. The studios have gone out of their way to support FVH and truly hope that as many of our members can come to support us.

RSVP/more information: Van – van@fvheritage.org


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June 28, 2018
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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Nguyen Phuong Van


Vietnam Film Studio (VFS)
4 Thụy Khuê, Tây Hồ
Hà Nội., Viet Nam
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