Update: 09:36 | 09/01/2019
Vietnamese filmmaker Linh Nga’s ‘Inside This Peace’ has won the prize for the Best Feature Documentary at the California Women’s Film Festival.
The documentary is about a forgotten victim of Agent Orange (AO) in Vietnam who is struggling to live in peace. Thoa, the film’s subject, has “scary skin with huge black patches, numerous lumps
A scene from the film.
"I hope the award will help
"Sending the documentary to film festivals and winning the award is not only a success for the filmmakers but also for AO victims,” Nga said. “I didn’t make Inside This Peace for awards but I sent the documentary to film festivals aiming to popularise it. The documentary is recognized officially by American and international professional filmmakers."
Nga met Thoa when she was 13 years old when they performed together in a charity show. While Thoa’s appearance scared other children, Nga felt Thoa’s suffering. Nga later learned Thoa did not go to school like other children because her mother was afraid that Thoa would be bullied by her classmates.
Thoa’s mother taught her to read and write at home. Thoa moved to Hoa Binh Village for AO child patients when she was eight.
'Inside This Peace' was screened on Vimeo On Demand across America for one week around Christmas. It was screened at the Lift Off Global Network Festival and placed second among 115 international films.
The California Women’s Film Festival operates as a biannual event for film projects that have a woman in at least one of the key production positions. It has a winter event in January and summer one in July.
‘Inside This Peace’ is Nga’s second film after What’s the Good of Being Good? – a short comedy featuring Vietnamese actor Duc Tien and vovinam martial artists.
Before studing filmmaking and sound design in the US, Nga was popular in Vietnamese television for such series as Khoang Cach (Distance); Dom Lua Bien Thuy (Border Flame) and Xuoi Nguoc Duong Tran (In The Shadow of Life).
Nga was the scriptwriter, lead role and co-director for ‘In The Shadow of Life’, which earned her the TV Best Series award at the National Television Festival in 2003.