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What is “my Vietnam”?

A project about Vietnamese identities across borders.
A cooperation of the Goethe-Institut Vietnam & the literary online magazine Zzz Review.

Four second-generation Vietnamese writers from the Czech Republic, Germany, France and the US, and five young authors from the North and the South of Vietnam write short plays of five minutes length on what Vietnam means to them. Each piece draws upon personal experience and questions of cultural identity.

Each piece will be performed in a non-theater-space that will be AV-recorded. The plays will be performed and filmed in the language of the respective writers. Each audio-visual recording will be subtitled in English, Vietnamese and German and placed online onto the project-landing page of the Goethe-Institut. This creates a basis for an important cultural dialogue across boundaries.

This fundraising serves to finance the five plays by the Vietnamese authors. The four productions from Germany, France, the Czech Republic and the USA are financially secure.


Events


A brief about five plays

A Buddhist nun recalls her past lives, which span over myths and realities, fiction and nonfiction, ancient and modern times. She is contemplates the (Viet/Vietnamese) female experience of disappointment, suffering, love and enlightenment.

Author: Maik Cay (Nguyen Phuong Anh)
During an anxiety- and suspicion-laden trip to Germany to attend a prestigious art exhibition, a man ruminates on the day in the 1990s when as a boy he emerged for the first time from the refugee camp in Hong Kong, where escapees from Vietnam had ended up, to buy vegetables.

Author: Do Van Hoang
A couple who are saving money to open a Vietnamese restaurant overseas contemplate on the type of restaurant they would run and on the multicultural complexities related to the fate of their family and their country.

Author: Le Khai Viet
A young woman comes back to her childhood home in Saigon and meets the original owner, who after fleeing after 1975 and becoming a Vietnamese-American, now lives in Vietnam and is the new owner of the house. They share their memories of living in the house amid the upheavals of Vietnamese history.

Author: Vu Anh Duong
A conversation between a young avant-garde poet, all ties with his birth place severed, and two elderly traditional lyricists. What does it mean to be a Vietnamese writer, what does poetry to patriotism? Conflicting opinions emerge.

Author: ChuKim (Nguyen Anh Tuan)

Five Vietnamese Authors


Vietnamese literature from the diaspora


How to support the project "My Vietnam"?

The project presently requests financial support for the film production of the five Vietnamese plays. Please contribute to the realization of the project MY VIETNAM on Crowdify in the coming weeks here:
www.crowdify.net/en/project/my-vietnam

What we promise for your support:

20 EURO/500.000 VND
  • 1 free copy of the publication of the nine plays in Vietnamese language
50 EURO/1 MIO VND
  • 3 free copies of the publication of the nine plays in Vietnamese language
100 EURO/2 MIO VND
  • 1 free copy of the publication of the nine plays in Vietnamese language, name in the end credits of 1 film
200 EURO/4 MIO VND
  • 1 free copy of the publication of the nine plays in Vietnamese language, name in the end credits of 2 films
300 EURO/6 MIO VND
  • 1 free copy of the publication of the nine plays in Vietnamese language, name in the end credits of 3 films
400 EURO/8 MIO VND
  • a verbal dedication to the donor in the publication of all nine plays in Vietnamese language,
  • 1 free copy of the publication of the nine plays in Vietnamese language, name in the end credits of 4 films
500 EURO/10 MIO VND
  • a verbal dedication to the donor in the publication of all nine plays in Vietnamese language,
  • 1 free copy of the publication of the nine plays in Vietnamese language, name in the end credits of 5 films
1.000 EURO/ 20 MIO VND
  • a verbal dedication to the donor in the publication of all nine plays in Vietnamese language,
  • 1 free copy of the publication of the nine plays in Vietnamese language,
  • 1 free copy of the publication of the nine plays in Vietnamese language,
  • name in the end credits of 5 films,
  • one free German language intensive Course at the Goethe-Institut
5.000 EUR / 100 MIO VND
  • naming as Gold private donor at the film end credits of all five plays on equal level with Zzz Review and the Goethe-Institut,
  • a verbal dedication to the donor in the publication of all nine plays in Vietnamese language,
  • 10 free copies of the publication of the nine plays in Vietnamese language,
  • one free German language extensive Course at the Goethe-Institut,
  • a Coupon for one visit of the Goethe-Café in the value of 3 Mio VND,
  • a choice of two items from the Goethe-Boutique
10.000 EUR / 200 Mio VND
  • naming as Supreme private donor at the film end credits of all five plays,
  • a verbal dedication to the donor in the publication of all nine plays in Vietnamese language,
  • 20 free copies,
  • invitation to the launch of the website and the publication of the book,
  • one free German language intensive Course at the Goethe-Institut,
  • Coupon for a visit of the Goethe-Café in the value of 5 Mio VND,
  • a choice of five items from the Goethe-Institut Boutique


Organizers

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Goethe-Institut

The Goethe-Institut is the Federal Republic of Germany’s cultural institute, active worldwide. It promotes the study of German abroad and encourages international cultural exchange.
 

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Zzz Review

Zzz Review is an independent non-profit online literary review. Since its inaugural issue in July 2018, Zzz Review has acquired a solid reputation as a trustworthy platform for up-to-date, informed and thoughtful perspectives about national and world literature for the globally-minded Vietnamese reader.

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