ZONE 9 New York City film premiere
Join director Nguyễn Anh Thư and producer Gabriel Hernandez for the premiere screenings of ZONE 9. This documentary, shot over the course of several weeks in Vietnam, deals with the some of the issues facing Vietnamese people in modern times.
An abandoned pharmaceutical factory becomes the backdrop for an artistic movement taking place in Hanoi, Vietnam. Artists and entrepreneurs of all ages and backgrounds come together to form an arts complex known as “Zone 9” in an attempt to fulfill their dreams and passions.
Zone 9 follows local artists and entrepreneurs Phuong Vu Manh, Tran Vu Hai, Nguyen Qui Duc and Tham Cam Phuong through the formation, development and ultimate destruction of Zone 9.
Nguyễn Anh Thư has a strong desire to make documentaries conveying social issues and problems people have to face in her home country. To her, documentary is a powerful media to tell stories, to contribute to social change and to express herself. Her first film “When we were 20” won the first prize for documentary in 2009 by the “We are filmmakers” project and was screened at several universities in United States, including Yale, NYU and Princeton. Nguyen Anh Thư’s second short is about the influence of urbanization on a small village in Hanoi while her third film, which is now under post-production, explores a reforestation and conservation project in the Atlantic rain forest of Brazil.
Gabriel Hernandez is a Hanoi expat and native New Yorker with a strong appreciation of documentary film, art and travel. To him Zone 9 was an important part of the development of the local arts scene in Vietnam and thus aims to showcase its contributions with this documentary.
Before the film you’ll get a chance to watch an animated short film titled “The Factory” by Nguyen Thuy Duong. After the film a Question & Answer session will be conducted with the filmmakers.
Time and Location
Thursday, April 21, 2016 from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Magno Screening Room
729 7th Avenue – floor 2
New York, NY 10019