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Bridging the Cultural Gap: 2016 Viet Film Festival

This year's festival covered themes and topics, from cyber security, agent orange, to gender identity and coming-of-age

By Anthony Garcia
Published on LatinoLA: April 17, 2016


Bridging the Cultural Gap: 2016 Viet Film Festival


The 2016 Viet Film Festival is underway and will feature a number of films from around the globe. Orange County's Vietnamese community is the largest outside of native Vietnam and the local non-profit organization Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA) has created the largest international Vietnamese film festival in the world. This year's festival covers a number of themes and topics from cyber security, agent orange, to gender identity and coming of age.

Filmmakers and actors have traveled from around the globe including Australia, France, Norway and Vietnam. Through the universal language of film, Viet Film Fest brings together multiple perspectives and serves as an important educational space for learning about the historical and contemporary experiences of Vietnamese people.

Come early on Sunday and enjoy a free manicure at Pop-Up Nail Shop at 1:00 pm. It's open to the public courtesy of the students of Advanced Beauty College.

Sunday's closing night film is a wonderful Vietnamese adaptation of a popular 2014 Korean romantic comedy titled Sweet Twenty.

It has already received tremendous success in Vietnam as the highest grossing film and now makes its debut at the Viet Film Festival. You do not want to miss this film.

A few of VAALA's objectives are:

•To produce artistic programs that promote the vitality of Vietnamese arts and culture

•To implement the arts as an educational tool for exploring the Vietnamese experience, focusing on the diaspora

•To provide a space for artists and audiences of all backgrounds to interact in an ongoing dialogue

•To facilitate communication, tolerance and understanding among people of diverse identities

•To advocate inclusiveness by utilizing the arts to transcend boundaries both within the community and globally

But wait, I don't speak Vietnamese. Not to worry, all films are subtitled. Take this opportunity to bridge the cultural gap and learn more about our brothers and sisters in the Vietnamese community.

The 2016 Viet Film festival is held at AMC 20 Orange, 20 City Blvd. West, Orange, CA 92868. For more information visit http://www.vietfilmfest.com/

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