The Future Cries Beneath Our Soil

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    The Future Cries Beneath Our Soil

    Directed by

    Vietnam, Philippines

    2018

    95 min

    • Vietnamese

    Documentary

    Thanh, Hoang, Phuong, Dinh and Loc, like many around them, carry stubborn scars from the Vietnam War, both in body and mind. They work in the gold mines surrounding their village, or search for landmines along paths previously used by tanks, in order to make ends meet. As they wait out the winter with songs, wine stolen from Loc’s wife, and musings about youth and their own survival, they are haunted by the detonations of bombs being excavated from the village’s soil. Together they reminisce about the war that has defined the boundaries of their lives, though they never fought it.

    Awards

    • Best Director - Singapore IFF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Hoang Minh Thanh
    Nguyen Van Loc
    Brother Dinh
    Tran Huu Hoang
    Nguyen Van Phuong
    Le Thi Ly (sister Bon)
    Nguyen Thi Nhi
    Nguyen Thi Nha
    Cinematography
    Pham Thu Hang
    Editing
    Afsaneh Salari
    Production
    CINEMA IS INCOMPLETE
    Pham Thu Hang

    Pham Thu Hang

    Vietnam

    Previously a researcher at the Vietnam Institute of Culture and Art Studies, Pham Thu Hang obtained her master’s in documentary directing at a consortium of three universities in Europe, under the DOC NOMADS Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree program. Her works focus on rediscovering Vietnamese culture, and the connection between her country and the world beyond. Her latest film is THE FUTURE CRIES BENEATH OUR SOILS (2018) which premiered at the Singapore IFF.