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Vietnam joins ASEAN Film Festival in London

Actress Hải Yến films Pao in Chuyện của Pao. Photo www.yxine.com

LONDON — Vietnamese film Chuyện Của Pao (Story of Pao) by director Ngô Quang Hải will be shown at the ASEAN Film Festival 2024 which opened in London on the night of April 22.

An event organised by the ASEAN London Committee (ALC), the festival is taking place from April 22-27 at the School of Oriental and American Studies (SOAS) University of London, drawing interest from British and international audience.

The festival will show films from 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN), namely Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Việt Nam. Việt Nam’s Story of Pao will be screened on April 26.

Vietnamese Deputy Ambassador to the UK Tô Minh Thu said the ASEAN Film Festival 2024 is a joint effort of the 10 ASEAN diplomatic missions in London, including the Vietnamese Embassy in the UK, to promote the image of the countries, peoples, cultures and tourism of ASEAN in the UK.

She said the Embassy of Việt Nam in the UK and the Việt Nam Film Institute under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, have jointly introduced at the festival Story of Pao, a film by director Ngô Quang Hải, which vividly portrays the life of people in the Northwest region, their aspiration for beauty, freedom and happiness, through which the beauty of the country, people and culture of Việt Nam is revealed.

Speaking to Vietnam News Agency (VNA) correspondent in the UK at the opening ceremony, Chair of the Festival Organising Committee, Thai Ambassador to the UK Thani Thongphakdi said it is the second time ALC has organised the ASEAN Film Festival after the first in 2019. The festival is one of ALC’s activities to raise ASEAN's profile in the UK, introducing the Association’s creative industry, raising more awareness about ASEAN among the people in the UK and promoting closer people-to-people links.

Ambassador Thongphakdi was delighted that all 10 member countries will be showing their very best films, which will highlight the strengths and creativity of their countries, bringing ASEAN closer to the UK public and showing them what the regional grouping has to offer.

Deputy Head of the South East Asia Department, Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office, Julia Sutherland, told VNA correspondent in the UK that the event is a great initiative by the ASEAN embassies in London, given cultural diplomacy is a very important part of what embassies do. This is a great chance for the UK community to learn about ASEAN and its member countries through some great movies, she said, adding a lot of people, including herself, love going to see all films at this festival.

The opening ceremony was followed by the screening of Thailand’s film A time to fly. Films from other countries will be shown throughout the week. — VNS

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