Phim Ngắn 16:30

ONCE WERE WILD

As if chosen at complete random, I stumbled upon the 2012 short film 1630, by Vietnamese filmmaker Trần Dũng Thanh Huy. The film is available via YouTube and has a modest 65,000 views, yet I was intrigued by its nationality. I had never seen or experienced Vietnamese film before. I didn’t know what to expect when typing Asian Short Films into the search engine, and certainly didn’t know what I would see from a Vietnamese production.

This film explores the global phenomenon of a lottery from the context of an urban Vietnamese landscape, which acts as a tumultuous background to the events of the short film. Television stations broadcast the results at 16:30, but for those without a television, the results are sold as strips of paper. These small, photocopied pieces of paper become currency for the street children who must run across the city to provide the anticipated…

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