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Film & Television Archive: 'Bi, Don't Be Afraid!'

Screening of 'New Voices From Vietnam' and In-Person Talk with Director Thien Do

Friday, November 05, 2010
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
10899 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024

The Billy Wilder Theater: Archive Series “New Voices From Vietnam”

“Bi, Don’t Be Afraid!” (“Bi, dung so!”) (2010)
Directed by Phan Dang Di.
In Phan Dang Di’s impressive debut (winner of two awards at the Cannes International Critics Week), six-year-old Bi’s Hanoi family strains under emotional disconnection. As Bi’s alcoholic father conducts an affair, his neglected mother represses her sorrow and his aunt romantically pursues a teenage boy. But when Bi’s sick and long-absent grandfather moves in, his home life assumes a new emotional center.

Producer: Claire Lajourmard, Nguyen Bao Mai, Phan Dang Di, Oliver Ropke.
Screenwriter: Phan Dang Di.
Cinematographer: Phan Dang Di.
Editor: Julie Beziau.
Cast: Tran Tien, Mai Chau, Nguyen Ha Phong.

35mm, 90 min.

Preceded by…
“Fading Light” (2010) Directed by Thien Do
A young man revisits the small attic room in Vietnam where he and his brother played as children, prior to their family’s wartime escape to the U.S. Memories overwhelm him as he relives the results of that tragic voyage, while searching for a lost memento in the floorboards.

HDcam, 20 min.


Free to UCLA students with ID.

Sponsor(s): , UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television

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