Films In Competition
The Future Cries Beneath Our Soils
Five men enjoy an odd friendship in Vietnam’s Quảng Tri province, a site still bearing the scars of war.
Thanh, Hoang, Phuong, Dinh and Loc, like many around them, carry stubborn scars from the Vietnam War, both in body and mind. They work in the gold mines surrounding their village, or search for landmines along paths previously used by tanks, in order to make ends meet. As they wait out the winter with songs, wine stolen from Loc’s wife, and musings about youth and their own survival, they are haunted by the detonations of bombs being excavated from the village’s soil. Together they reminisce about the war that has defined the boundaries of their lives, though they never fought it.
Pham Thu Hang’s moving documentary deftly captures the dark shadow of war and death, present in even everyday conversation and simple gestures.
Cast & Credits
Previously a researcher at the Vietnam Institute of Culture and Art Studies, Pham Thu Hang obtained her master’s in documentary directing at a consortium of three universities in Europe, under the DOC NOMADS Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree program. Her works focus on rediscovering Vietnamese culture, and the connection between her country and the world beyond.
*Official Selection, DMZ International Documentary Film Festival 2018