Film festival honors female film-makers

A film festival honoring female film-makers will be held in Hanoi early next month as part of the Australian Embassy in Vietnam’s annual Gender Month.

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The festival will take place on November 1 and 2 in the setting of Okia Theater owned by Nguyen Hoang Diep, a female film-maker well known in the Hanoi arts community.

The program features short films from Australia’s FlickerFest and from Vietnam. The evening will close with a question and answer session with “Birdie” director Shelly Lauman, who has come to Vietnam as a guest of the Australia Now ASEAN program.

Participants will also hear global rights organization Plan International and the Geena Davis Institute explain the impact of film and media on girls’ aspirations.

Their recent study Rewrite Her Story analyzes the representation of girls and women in positions of leadership in films and advertising across the world.

Saigon Times