Monday, April 17, 2006
Buffalo Boy filmmaker Nghiem-Minh Nguyen-Vo
On Monday, 17 April, 2006, we chatted with filmmaker Nghiem-Minh Nguyen-Vo (above right during filming), director of award-winning The Buffalo Boy (Mua Len Trau), set in 1940s Mekong Delta of Vietnam.
His film is currently showing at Regal Cinema 16, Garden Grove, 9741 Chapman Avenue (at Brookhurst St.) on selected days: April 16, 22, 23, and 29th. Each day has (corrected:) 1 screening: 12:45 PM. Discussion with filmmaker after each showing.
Concurrently in Vietnam, legislators there are considering, ironically, a proposed new cinematography law that would bar overseas Vietnamese and other expatriates like Nguyen-Vo from being involved in making Vietnamese films in Vietnam, despite his film's selection as the official 2005 Oscar submission from Vietnam. The head of Vietnam's cinematography department has been quoted in press reports as saying that "expatriates living away from their native country would not fully understand its ethics, customs, aesthetics, and cultural values." (Thanh Nien, Ho Chi Minh City, 15 March 2006: www.thanhniennews.com/commentaries/?catid=11&newsid=13564.
See press release.