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Documentary highlights role of storks

Prizewinners: Director Pham Hieu Thao (centre) and other recipients receive prizes at the National Environment Film Festival. — VNS Photo Minh Thu
Viet Nam News

HA NOI — A documentary film about Asian openbill storks eating snails won the Green Viet Nam Award at the sixth National Environmental Festival Film, the organisers said on Tuesday morning in Ha Noi.

The film Openbill Storks Return, directed by Pham Hieu Thao from Dong Thap Provincial Television, reflected the joy of local farmers when the storks return after the emigration. The storks eat snails which harm the wet rice.

“However, due to uncontrolled and illegal hunting, the storks may vanish forever,” said Thao.

“Through the film, I want to plead for people to stop hunting and protect the endangered birds.”

“Thanks to the storks, farmers need less crop-protection chemicals, which are harmful to human health.”

Thao said he wanted to raise awareness about protecting the ecological balance from negative impacts by people.

He said journalists should present urgent issues to society in a truthful and timely way.

Beside highest prize for the most outstanding work, the organising board also presented prizes to directors Hong Anh and Nguyen Ho Tri from VTV24 Information Centre (VTV), Nguyen Xuan Giang from An Giang Provincial Television, Bao Quang from the Viet Nam Animated Cartoon Film Studio, Huynh Nguyen from Binh Phuoc Provincial Television, and Nguyen Hong Quang from Science and Technology Section (VTV).

The film festival is organised every three years by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in collaboration with the Viet Nam Television and Viet Nam Cinema Association.

It is aimed at honouring film and television organisations and individuals who have positively contributed to the education of the community about protecting environment. 

There are five categories: short feature, documentary, science, newsreel and cartoons - all with environmental themes. This season, the organising board received more than 100 entries from directors nationwide, according to Nguyen Van Phan, secretariat of the film festival.

“Most of the films highlight problems that have affect society, such as forest protection, climate change, pollution, technology used in protecting the environment and biological diversity,” he said. — VNS 

Under threat: Asian openbill storks eating snails that damage rice crops. — From a video by Pham Hieu Thao.

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