4/7/11-4/10/11: Vietnamese International Film Festival

Westminster, CA― Street smart youth explore life, love and loyalty through hip hop and break dancing on the streets of Saigon.  A raw, poignant glimpse into the mind of a factory worker who relives her extraordinary boat journey.  The real and imaginary life of a five-year old boy detective named Antoine, whose imagination soars leagues above his blindness.  The compelling stories of the Da Nang villagers who stand firm and united to protect their land. These are a few of the stories featured in the 5th Biennial Vietnamese International Film Festival (ViFF), an eight day showcase of Vietnamese and Vietnamese Diasporic filmmakers which takes place on April 4 – 7 and April 10 — 14, 2009.

Reel Momentum is the theme of ViFF 2011, which reflects the fast and steady movement of Vietnamese filmmaking by established as well as emerging filmmakers of Vietnamese descent from around the world. Through the universal language of cinema, ViFF

uniquely showcases films made by Vietnamese and Vietnamese diasporic filmmakers including but not limited to Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Poland, United States and Vietnam.

As in years past, ViFF’s will be spread throughout Southern California with screenings at UC Irvine, Edwards University Town Center 6 (in Irvine),  UCLA in Los Angeles and the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, CA, which will host two special, opened-to-all but admission-free days for high school students and senior citizens. Some of this year’s featured events include:

Thu, April 7, 7:30pm Opening Night Screening of SAIGON ELECTRIC, directed by Stephane Gauger (Owl and the Sparrow) at Edwards University Town Center 6 and Opening Gala Reception at Steelhead Brewing Company (Irvine, CA)

Fri, April 8, 2011 Senior Citizen Day @ Bowers Museum (Santa Ana); Free to anyone 65+ years old with I.D.

Sat, April 9, 6:00pm Spotlight Award Night Screening of MOTHER FISH and Special Presentation to Director/Writer Khoa Do (Footy Legends) at UCI; Special Wine Reception hosted by the Vietnamese American Community Ambassadors (VACA)

Sat, April 9, 11:00pm Special late-night screening of BIRDEMIC, directed by James Nguyen

Fri, April 15, 2011 High School Day @ Bowers Museum (Santa Ana) with evening program set in collaboration with Common Ground (sân chơi chung) open mic -  Season 2 Kick-Off.  Free to high school students with I.D.

Sat, April 16, 6:00pm Sneak Preview Screening of TOUCH at UCI; Special Wine Reception hosted by Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce (VACOC)

Sun, April 12, 6:00pm Closing Night Screening of BI, DON’T BE AFRAID, directed by Phan Dang Di; Awards Ceremony, and Closing Reception (UC Irvine campus) with Closing Night and Awards Ceremony.

For full schedule and directions visit www.VietFilmFest.com

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