North Korea film fest honours VTV documentary about three generations affected by Agent Orange disease

Vietnam News Agency, October 7, 2006
Documentary Cha Con Nguoi Linh (Soldier Father and Son) by the Viet Nam Television, has received a golden cup for peace, independence and friendship at the 10th Pyongyang International Film Festival, in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
The TV programme, directed by Minh Chuyen, presents a veteran’s family in the northern province of Thai Binh, in which three generations suffer from Agent Orange disease. The dioxin was transmitted from the veteran father to his son causing a mental disorder. The son then got married. When his wife gave birth to a deformed baby, his disease intensified. He went away, never to return. The documentary is also about other Agent Orange victims.
“Many people in the audience cried when watching the documentary,” recalled director Chuyen.
“The film left a good impression with judges. However, I did not think the film would win.”
Soldier Father and Son, was among two documentaries made by writer Minh Chuyen competing at the festival which took place between September 13-23.
The ten-day festival gathered more than 70 films of different types, including feature films, documentaries and children’s films, from 30 countries. German film makers received a golden cup for best movie while Russian and Chinese products were awarded golden cups for music and costumes.
Soldier Father and Son received another encouraging prize at an international documentaries festival, held in Seoul last year.
During his time in Pyongyang, Chuyen shot a film about the city. The documentary entitled Mot Thoang Binh Nhuong (Pyongyang at a Glance) will be shown on VTV by the end of this month. — VNS

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