Attending the screening ceremony were Vietnamese Ambassador to India Ton Sinh Thanh, Secretary General of the International Chamber of the Media and Entertainment Industry Ashok Tyagi, Director of the ISS Ash Narain Roy, Director of the Centre for Vietnam Studies Sonu Trivedi, as well as numerous students.
Based on the novel by best-selling author Nguyen Nhat Anh, the film, directed by Vietnamese-American Victor Vu, is set in the mid-1980s in a small village, telling the story of two young brothers who share everything, but compete for the affection of a girl.
It has won a number of domestic and international prizes, including the “Best Film” title at the TFF Kids International Film Festival 2016 and the reputable “Bong Sen Vang” (Golden Lotus) prize at the 19th Vietnam Film Festival in 2015. The movie also bagged the “Best Film” award at the second Silk Road International Film Festival.
The screening of the film was initiated by the Centre for Vietnam Studies, aiming to enhance cultural relations and people-to-people exchanges between Vietnam and India.
It also looks to develop the bilateral cooperation in art and culture and increase mutual understanding.
According to Narain Roy, movies are indispensable parts of culture as they reflect social situations in each society. Screening movies is one of the most effective ways to introduce each other’s cultures to Vietnamese and Indian people, he added.
For his part, Ambassador Ton Sinh Thanh said he hopes the movie will help Indian viewers understand more about the Vietnamese nation and people.
He voiced his support for the Centre for Vietnam Studies to host research activities and workshops highlighting Vietnam-India relations and cultural events.
Ashok Tyagi said movies help transfer art and culture between countries around the world.
Sonu Trivedi suggested enhancing cultural exchanges between Vietnam and India through promoting cooperation in the cinema industry.