PRESS RELEASE                                                     April 17, 2007



Contact:          Ysa Le, Festival Co-Director (714) 914-2260
Jenni Trang Le, Public Relations (310) 873-7333

                        Mai-Phuong Nguyen, Publicist-Norcal (714) 323-8078


Don’t miss ViFF 2007 Exciting Closing Weekend with 7 feature length films, 20 short films, 2 panel discussions, and a Closing Night Gala


Westminster, CA:  The Vietnamese-American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA) and the VietNamese Language and Culture (VNLC) at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) present the 3rd biennial Vietnamese International Film Festival (ViFF), Closing Weekend. April 19 – 22, 2007

Screening Locations: University of California, Irvine (UCI)’s Film & Video Center with selected screenings and panel discussions at UCLA and in Westminster, California.  Closing Night will be at the Humanities Instructional Building (HIB) at UCI.


For complete program schedule, please visit www.VietFilmFest. com

Tickets are available online and Tu Quynh Book Store (714) 531-4284


SENIOR CITIZEN’s DAY  – Thursday, April 19, 2007 (all Senior Citizens 65+ FREE!)


11:00 am: “Family Ties” – a set of shorts: Reunion, Going Home, and Story of Spirits.  Glimpse an intimate world of harbored family secrets, emotional distance, and the need to know.


3:00 pm: THE QUEEN FROM VIRGINIA: The Jackie Bong Wright Story, DAVID NGO’s feature documentary debut. Step into the high heels of a Viet Nam war refugee who became a beauty queen at the age of 64. Winner of Best Documentary at the 2006 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. (USA)


7:00 pm: KIEU (Kiều), feature film debut by VU T. THU HA. Sacrifice, suffering, loyalty: these are classic Vietnamese themes in a not-so-classic retelling of “Truyen Kieu”. Starring Kathy Uyen. (USA)


UCLA DAY – Friday, April 20, 2007 (FREE for all; screenings all at UCLA)


3:00 pm: “Day of the Bruins” – a set of shorts: Windowbreaker (Official Selection of 2006 Sundance Film Festival), UTA, The Mattress, Don’t Stop Me, The Dumb Asian, Chopsticks.  Laugh, cry, dance, scratch your head, and remember to lock your doors at night.


7:00 pm: JOURNEY FROM THE FALL (Vượt Sóng), feature film debut by HAM TRAN. Inspired by true stories of Vietnamese refugees who fled after the fall of Saigon and those forced to stay behind, this is the untold story of their fight for freedom. Official Selection at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival; currently playing in theatres across the U.S. (Thailand/USA) . Grand Jury Prize from Amazonas International Film Festival (Brazil).


Saturday, April 21, 2007 at UCI


12:00 pm: “Reflections” – a set of shorts: Cut n’ Dry, Warsawers, Kieu, UTA, Windowbreaker.  Sometimes what you first see is merely a fragment of active imagination.


2:00 pm: BRIDE OF SILENCE (Hạt Mưa Rơi Bao Lâu), directed by DOAN MINH PHUONG & DOAN THANH NGHIA. This sister/brother directing duo challenge gender roles in pre-colonial Viet Nam. (Viet Nam/Germany/Australia). Special Jury Prize from Rotterdam International Film Festival 2005.


3:00 pm: “Back to Reality” – a set of shorts: Arnold Moreno = PI, Hurricane Katrina: Y’all Know Where the Vietnamese Were?, Dream for Becoming Workers (Giac Mo Lam Cong Dan). Drawing strength from tragedy and courage in the light of fear, all in the spirit of community.


5:00 pm: THE WHITE SILK DRESS (Áo Lụa Hà Đông), directed by LUU HUYNH. The film depicts the life of a destitute family, as they endure the struggles with poverty, war and oppression. (Viet Nam). Audience Choice Award from Pusan International Film Festival (South Korea) 2006.

Panel Discussion:  Images of Women in Vietnamese Cinema


Sunday, April 22, 2007 at UCI


12:00 pm: “Life Unraveled” – a set of shorts: Stinky and the Thief, Dead End, Arnold Moreno = PI, Why is There No Moon in the Daytime?, The Mattress, Chopsticks.


12:00 pm: “Reel Deal” – a set of shorts: Thai: My Life & Rhymes, The Sword Seeker, Circle, Jump, The Dumb Asian, The Showdown. Beats, hopes, cowboys, baseball, and the pursuit of intelligence.


3:00 pm: Feature Presentation of Bolinao 52 & Stateless Vietnamese in the Philippines. Director DUC NGUYEN takes his camera into the lives and hearts of Vietnamese refugees in the Philippines. 

Panel Discussion: An Unforgettable History: The Boat People Saga


3:00 pm: SOULS ON SWING (Hồn Trương Ba, Da Hàng Thịt) directed by NGUYEN QUANG DUNG. Hilarious hijinx ensue when a jokester enrages the wrong spirit and ends up swapping souls with a bumbling butcher. Starring Johnny Tri Nguyen, Phuoc Sang (Viet Nam)


6:00 pm: Awards Ceremony & Closing Night Film

DUST OF LIFE (Bụi Đời). LE-VAN KIET’s feature-length directorial debut throws us straight into the gritty reality of displaced teens living in Westminster during the 1990’s, as they struggle to find a home in a foreign country and accept the love they are given. (USA)


10:00 pm: CLOSING NIGHT GALA featuring the musical stylings of THOMAS’ APARTMENT!


ViFF was established in October 2003 for Vietnamese filmmakers and those of the Vietnamese diaspora (aka Vietnamese outside of their homeland).  The mission of ViFF is to stimulate, bring together, and make visible a body of diasporic work through the lens of Vietnamese and Vietnamese-diaspori c directors; to inspire future filmmakers and to recognize existing ones; to create an environment for the filmmakers to share their experiences in filmmaking with their colleagues and audiences.  This year’s festival theme is Sharing Visions, echoing the need to reach beyond the community and into the larger, mainstream public.


ViFF 2003 and ViFF 2005 showcased 45 and 38 films (both shorts and features), respectively, directed/produced by filmmakers of Vietnamese descent from the U.S., France, Canada, Australia, Germany, and Vietnam. 


VAALA is a community-based non-profit organization founded in 1991 by Vietnamese-American journalists, artists, and community activists in Orange County. VAALA promotes Vietnamese values in art, creates opportunities for artists and audiences to interact, and facilitates communication among different ethnic groups through various art forms. 


VNLC was established in 1994 to maintain and promote Vietnamese culture within the UCLA academic community and throughout the Vietnamese community in southern California via academic and cultural programs. 


Visit ViFF’s website at www.VietFilmFest. com for more information.



ViFF is made possible with the sponsorships of:


UCI  School of Humanities, UCI Department of Film and  Media Studies, UCI Film and Video Center, UCI Department of Asian American Studies, UCI International Center for Writing and Translation, UCI Center for Asian Studies, UCI Department of East Asian Language and Literature, UCI Southeast Asian Archive, Cross Cultural Center, Vietnamese American Coalition (VAC), Mustard Seeds, Asian Pacific Student Association (APSA)


UCLA Cultural Affair Commission,  Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Contingency Fund, Melnitz Movie, Graduate Student Association, ASUCLA Waiver Pool. 


Wells Fargo, Karuna Healthcare, Breastlink, VW, Lee’s Sandwiches, Brodard Chateau, Elite 21st Insurance Agency,, Ngoc Hue Restaurant, Ramada Hotel – Little Saigon Areas, Aurora Yarcia: Your Land Specialist, New York Life – SVN Team, Nguyet Cam Music, American Jewish Committee (AJC), Orange County Ophthalmology Medical Group (OCO), and Real Capital Lending, Inc.


Media Sponsors: Nguoi Viet Daily News, Viet Bao Daily News, VNCR, NHA Magazine, VHN-TV, SBTN, Little Saigon TV, VATV, Saigon TV


Co-presenters: American Jewish Committee (AJC) – Orange County

Asian Elevation

Asian Pacific American Legal Center (Orange County & Los Angeles)

Asian Pacific American Program, Smithsonian Institution (Washington D.C.)

Club O’Noodles

Hung Vuong Heritage Foundation (Hiệp Hội Di Sản Hùng Vương)

Khmer Girls in Action (KGA)

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (Visual Communications)

Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA)

Orange County Korean Cultural Center

Project MotiVATate (Mentoring Vietnamese American Teens)

San Diego Asian Film Festival (San Diego Asian Film Foundation)

Social Assistance Program for Vietnam (SAP-VN)

St. Anselm’s Cross-Cultural Community Center

The Cambodian Family

The Chance Theater

The General Association for the Development of World Martial Arts (Tổng Hội Phát Triển Võ Thuật Thế Giới)

UCLA Vietnamese Student Union (VSU)

UCLA Center for Asian American Studies

VASCON 3 (Vietnamese- American Student Conference)

Vietnamese Alliance to Combat Trafficking (VietACT)

Vietnamese American Cancer Foundation (Hội Ung Thư Việt Mỹ)

Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce in Orange County 

Vietnamese American High School Alliance (VAHSA)

Vietnamese-American Public Affairs Committee-OC (VPAC)

Vietnamese Traditional Arts Development Organization (Hội Phát Triển Nghệ Thuật Truyền Thống Việt Nam)

Ysa Le

VAALA Board President 2006-2008

ViFF 2007, Festival Co-Director – Enriching the communities since 1991

www.VietFilmFest. com – Sharing Visions

www.RadioVNCR. com

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