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Film night: The Whistleblower of My Lai
March 29, 2018 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PMVND150,000
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The Whistleblower of My Lai (2017)
A Clarity Films production
Director: Connie Field
Writer: Harriet Scott Chessman
Composer: Jonathan Berger
The Whistleblower of My Lai captures the artistic journey of the Kronos Quartet as they create an opera about the My Lai massacre, one of the darkest moments of the Vietnam war, with composer Jonathan Berger, tenor Rinde Eckert and master Vietnamese musician, Van-Anh Vo.
It tells the story of Hugh Thompson, the army helicopter pilot who discovered and exposed it. His refusal to remain silent about the massacre of 500 Vietnamese civilians by American troops eventually forced the military to conduct an inquiry, which shook the national conscience.
The Whistleblower of My Lai has a richly evocative score by Berger, which alternates between bursts of dense, frenzied activity and slow, hymn-like harmonies of aching sweetness. The story portrays Thompson in his final days, dying of cancer and desperately trying to make some sense of the events of 40 years earlier. Tenor Rinde Eckert makes Thompson a vivid and poignant character. Each episode is itself neatly framed, with Thompson’s present-day reminiscences fading into the events of 1968. In between are taped snippets of interrogation, in which Thompson’s shameful treatment at the hands of congressional investigators is transformed into a TV game show. The music underscores the drama with unerring clarity. The combined effect is hauntingly beautiful.
Set against a historical moment that traumatized American society, The Whistleblower of My Lai explores the struggles of an individual facing a moral dilemma of incomprehensible proportions.
Tonight’s film screening will be followed by Q&A with the Director so please stay on for what will be a fascinating discussion session.
Production year: 2017, released 2018
Subtitle: Film in English
Venue: Vietnam Feature Films Studio (VFS), No. 4 Thuy Khue, Tay Ho district, Hanoi. Enter via entrance off Thuy Khue Street
Limit: 50 people
Contact: Film group, Filmteam.firstname.lastname@example.org
Motorbikes and Cycles
Parking fees @ the Studio – 5,000 vnd motorbike; 2,000 vnd for a cycle; 10,000 vnd for car
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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 (phone 0948 057 157).
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.
Saigon or Hanoi Beer 20,000 VND per bottle
Bottle of water complimentary
In the alley outside the studios are number of good food stalls for you to enjoy a pre-film dinner.
Please note that full joining instructions, venue information and location of the viewing theatre will be sent to all those who RSVP a few days before the film
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 our FVH film night as well as supporting the great staff and organisation of VFS.