Artists Kim Chung (left) and Kim Xuan (right) during the shooting of Kiep hoa. Image c/o family of Mr. Kim Chung

In January 2019, a symposium, a workshop and a screening programme took place over the course of four particularly cold days in Hanoi.

Eclectic in the breadth of people brought together and the conversations engendered, the series of happenings explored realities and deliberated possibilities around the archived film, and in extension the history of Vietnamese cinema throughout the ages – in Vietnam, and sometimes beyond.

This publication collates, in textual form, several talks and thoughts resulting from various components of the January 2019 events. More than a mere celebration of the past, as with archived film it seeks to provide ideas and inspirations for a number of possible futures.

Texts: Do Thuy Linh, Do Van Hoang, Frank Gray, Gerald Herman, Le Tuan Anh, Nikki Locke, Nguyen Trinh Thi, Shona Thomson
Translation: Bui Thu Uyen, Marilyn Pham Dacusin, Nguyen Trong Nhan
Proof-reading: Pham Minh Hong, Sean Campbell, Simon Drought
Edited by Tran Duy Hung
Designed by WE.Ideation

With thanks to: all contributors to this publication, British Council in Vietnam (Arts Team, Communications Team and all volunteers), British Council UK Film Team, British Council Cultural Heritage for Inclusive Growth Team, Vietnam Film Institute, TPD, National Cinema Centre, National Documentary and Scientific Film Studio, Hanoi College of Theatre and Cinema, WE.Ideation, Gary Thomas, Frank Gray, Shona Thomson, Phan Dang Di, Bui Thu Uyen, Donna McGowan, Dang Nhat Minh, Bui Bai Binh, Le Hong Lam, Caroline Smith, Le Thuan Uyen, Marilyn Pham Dacusin, and everyone who supported, spoke at and attended the Film as a Cultural Heritage series of events that took place on January 2019.