Starting to really like Hanoi
Trip Start Jul 07, 2011
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we were given a flyer from this place while we were walking around the lake, i almost left it on a bench then as an afterthought picked it up and stuffed it in my bag along with all the other scraps of paper and crap that always seems to fill any bag i own,
throughout july and august the cinema is having a film festival titled 'vietnam on film', which includes feature films, shorts and documentaries,and short films made by vietnamese film students.
i love a good documentary, so was really excited to see one in english, on a day where we had no plans, and on a topic that i love, war correspondance
we hopped in a taxi and zoomed off the cinema, very pleased we did not walk as it was a lot further than we estimad. and arrived, wandered down a long alleyway full of mopeds and smiling children who all greeted us with beaming smiles and chorus's of hello. which was great, as the children here are gorgeous, and all other interaction that i have attempted with them has failed. at the end of the alley way is the cinema and its gorgeous courtyard cafe, where with two hours to kill beofre the film we sat down and ordered their special taste of summer four course menu...i am pretty sure we did not get what we ordered,and that it will take at least a week to get rid of my garlic breath, but it was good good good, but as with most of the food i have had here, massive! could only eat a fraction of it, but i really enjoyed what i did eat.
the documentary we watched was called frontline and followed the career of an australian combat cameraman Neil Davis, focusing in on his time in vietnam and cambodia inb the 1960's and 1970's. he was one of the only cameramen allowed to cross enemy lines and film the other side of the war. he filmed all the iconic images from the vietnam war, and it was a great documentary, and a good way to learn more about the modern history of the country i will be in for the next month.
as i am fascinated by war photography, it was great to see so many of the images that i know as still images in the context of moving image and see what happened before and after the image.
great documentary, recommend it to anyone with an interest in documentaries, history, war, politics and war correspondance.
after the film we had a yummy ice cream sundae.
am now trying to fit things into my tiny day rucksack to take on our halong bay trip!