Vietnamese Film on Countryside Life Impresses Tanzanian Audiences

Despite its simple content, the film's stunning visuals has captured the hearts and minds of the Tanzanian people.
December 28, 2021 | 13:55
Vietnamese Film on Countryside Life Impresses Tanzanian Friends
The most striking point of the movie is its visuals. They are nothing new but present a true reflection of the natural beauty of the countryside. A scene from the ''Toi thay hoa vang tren co xanh" movie: internet

The diplomatic delegation inDar es Salaam and the Tanzanian audience recently enjoyed a bit of Vietnamese cinema. The award-winning movie Toi Thay Hoa Vang Tren Co Xanh (I See Yellow Flowers upon the Green Grass), premiered in the African nation.

The event was organized by the Embassy of Vietnam in Tanzania in collaboration with the Vietnam's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism on Dec. 23, to enhance cultural relations and people-to-people exchanges between Vietnam and Tanzania, TGVN reported Monday.

Based on the novel by best-selling author Nguyen Nhat Anh, the film is set in the mid-1980s in a small village, telling a breathtakingly beautiful tale of childhood, innocence, and brotherhood.

Vietnamese Film on Countryside Life Impresses Tanzanian Friends
Vietnamese Ambassador to Tanzania Nguyen Nam Tien said he hopes the movie will help viewers understand more about the Vietnamese nation and people. Source: TGVN

Speaking at the opening of the film screening, Vietnamese Ambassador to Tanzania Nguyen Nam Tien thanked the relevant agencies and units of the two countries for actively coordinating to help bring the beauty of the country and Vietnamese people to Tanzanians.

The ambassador shared, after 35 years of conducting the Doi Moi reform, Vietnam is now the 41st economy in the world, which is considered a country with stable politics, social order and safety, a reliable partner of international investors, a peaceful country with beautiful nature, hospitable and friendly people.

Tien highly appreciated the friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and Tanzania since 1965 when the two countries established diplomatic relations.

Vietnam and Tanzania always trust and support each other in the development of the country. Bilateral economic and trade relations have seen encouraging growth. Bilateral trade turnover in 2020 stood at USD 300 million. Viettel Tanzania (Halotel), pioneering in universalizing mobile phone and internet networks to remote areas in the African country, along with raw cashew nut buyers from Vietnam have been making important contributions to the Tanzanian socio-economic life.

With the long history of the Vietnamese film industry, ambassador Tien said that the two countries' film partners can cooperate and share development experiences.

Regarding the film, Tien believes that the audience will have a clearer sense of the country and people, about the cultural life of Vietnam, thereby developing the bilateral cooperation in art and culture and increase mutual understanding.

As the guest of honor at the screening, Tanzania Film Board's Executive Secretary Dr. Kiagho Bukheti Kilonzo, on behalf of Tanzanian Minister of Information, Culture, Arts and Sports, highly appreciated and congratulated the Vietnam's embassy successfully held a screening of the film "I See Yellow Flowers upon the Green Grass".

Dr. Kilonzo said that the film screening was a bridge connecting culture and art and wished that the cultural and artistic exchange relations between the two countries would continue to be maintained and developed stronger in the coming time.

Introducing Tanzanian cinema industry with its track record of winning awards at continental and international film festivals and having many films shown abroad, Dr. Kilonzo emphasized that the Tanzanian film industry wishes to expand international cooperation, including Vietnam.

Vietnamese Film on Countryside Life Impresses Tanzanian Friends
Ambassador Nguyen Nam Tien and Cuban Ambassador together with the audience at the film screening. Source: TGVN
Vietnamese Film on Countryside Life Impresses Tanzanian Friends
Screening movies is one of the most effective ways to introduce Vietnamese culture to Tanzanian people. Source: TGVN

The screening lasted less than two hours, but attracted a large number of expatriates and the Tanzanian public, especially Tanzanian famous actors, directors, film producers, and models.

The audience filled the 200-seat theater, passionately watching until the last minute. After the movie screening, the audience lingered to share and interact with embassy staff.

The film screening is one of cultural diplomacy activities planned for 2021 by the Vietnamese embassy in Tanzania to bring Vietnam's cultures closer to the Tanzanian public and friends.

The movie “I See Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass” was listed among the top 10 outstanding cultural events in Vietnam and won the Bong Sen Vang (Golden Lotus) prize at the 19th Vietnam Film Festival in 2015.

It was the only representative of Vietnam at the TIFF Kids International Film Festival – part of the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival, and bagged the best film award at the second Silk Road International Film Festival and the Golden Kite at the Vietnam Film Festival 2015.

Hong Kong and Amsterdam-based Fortissimo Films, which handled international sales for the film, introduced the film at the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival.

The film was also screened at the American Film Market in Los Angeles in November 2015 and most recently in Japan on August 19, 2017.

The screenings of the film have been organized in several countries such as India, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Russia, Canada, Switzerland and the Netherlands.

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