“OLD VIETNAMESE FILMS”, DISTANT BUT STILL HERE
A text by Phạm Thị Hảo
Full text in English will be updated in due course
“Since I started making films, I have gradually come to realize that myself and most of my friends of the same generation were living in disconnection and disengagement with the so-called traditional values and the past itself. Perhaps it was because we were ignorant, but once we acknowledged their importance, we found ourselves confused as to where to start and what to do? I believe that the generation of filmmakers of today are inheriting the legacy that our country’s film industry has left behind, in terms of techniques as well as creative thinking, whether we are aware of it or not, and whether we like it or not.” (Phạm Thị Hảo)
ABOUT PHẠM THỊ HẢO
Editor/Director Phạm Thị Hảo graduated from Ho Chi Minh Academy of Theatre and Cinema in 2005 with a degree in Film Directing. Since 2010, she worked as the Film Editor of Ateliers Varan in Vietnam (Varan Vietnam), as well as many other film projects. She mainly works with independent projects, including short films and feature-length films in different areas such as drama, documentary and experimental. Films that Phạm Thị Hảo has worked in as editor include the documentaries Mrs Bua’s Carpet (Dương Mộng Thu, 2011), Madam Phung’s Last Journey (Nguyễn Thị Thắm, 2014), My Father, The Last Communist, So Close So Far – The Ancestral Forest (Đoàn Hồng Lê, 2017); and the dramas: Another City (Phạm Ngọc Lân, 2015), Father And Son (Lương Đình Dũng, 2017). From 2012 until now, she has been the instructor for short-term and long-term courses specifying in Film Editing.