The documentary film “Vietnam – Fatherland; a look from the sea” consists of 40 episodes, with a duration of 25-30 minutes per episode, sourced entirely from the socialization budget of the Vietnam Oil and Gas Group together with a number of group units such as: Vietnam-Russia joint venture Vietsovpetro, Binh Son Oil Refinery Joint Stock Company, etc.
Photo: Documentary film “Vietnam-Fatherland: a look from the sea”. (Image: People’s Film and Documentary Film Studio).
The film’s content is divided into 3 parts: Affirming and protecting Vietnam’s sovereignty over sea and islands; Developing marine economy; Life Culture of the sea and island.
According to the film crew, the film aims to reflect, refer, and propagate in a fairly complete, comprehensive, and transparent manner in a systematic, objective, realistic, rich, multi-dimensional way about the sea and islands of Vietnam. The film also features systematically, comprehensively and profoundly the issues of Vietnam’s seas and islands from history to the present, clearly stating the role and importance of seas and islands in the lives of Vietnamese people in the bygone days as well as today.
One of the important issues that the film will cover is the historical and legal grounds to affirm and protect Vietnam’s sovereignty over the sea and islands and especially the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes.
The spirit of determination to protect the sovereignty of the sea and islands is clearly shown in the documentary film “Vietnam – Fatherland: a look from the sea” through each historical period, with a clear message: In any historical period, despite in any feudal dynasties, different political institutions with opposing interests, the Vietnamese people’s spirit of protecting the sacred sovereignty of the sea and islands is always highly promoted.
Regarding marine economic development, the film mentions to ancient occupations, including fishing and aquaculture, and current issues such as the impact of climate change on marine economic sectors, and so on. The film also reflects a lot of contents on marine economy, infrastructure planning, transportation, shipbuilding, new energy development, renewable energy, sea and island tourism, especially the fishermen. People engaged in marine economy as well as economic development branches, and those who reach out to the sea are also important subjects in affirming and protecting the country’s sovereignty over sea and islands.
In the content of the cultural life of the sea and islands, the film covers the rich aspects of sea and island culture, from ancient customs, relics, traditions, to cultural stories related to the sea and islands in the current period, contributing to enriching the cultural space, a cultural life, an advanced Vietnamese culture imbued with national identity.
Film crew at a filming location.
“Right from the time I went to find documents at home and abroad. For the movie ‘Vietnam in the Ho Chi Minh era – Television Chronicles’, we have found many precious documents on the affirmation and protection of Vietnam’s sovereignty over sea and islands, which are stored quite carefully in libraries and archives of many countries. A number of related documents and materials are also preserved in the country, most notably in addition to the Nguyen Dynasty woodblocks. There are also many notes, drawings, maps of missionaries, foreign traders, foreigners who came to Vietnam many centuries ago. At that time, we came up with the idea to make a movie about sovereignty over the sea and islands. Later, when developing the script in 2019, we decided to make a more overall and comprehensive film about the homeland’s seas and islands, including affirming, defending sovereignty, and developing the economy and life living island culture, etc”, said Journalist Nguyen Le Anh, Director of People’s Film and Documentary Film Studio, General Director of the documentary film “Vietnam – Fatherland: a look from the sea”.
Các nhà làm phim cũng hy vọng bộ phim “Việt Nam-Tổ quốc nhìn từ biển” sẽ là một sản phẩm truyền thông có ý nghĩa sâu sắc, toàn diện về biển đảo Việt Nam có sức lan tỏa, tạo hiệu ứng tích cực tích cực đối với dư luận xã hội, đông đảo công chúng.
Filmmakers look for material for movies.
The filmmakers also hope that the film “Vietnam – Fatherland: a look from the sea” will be a profound, comprehensive and meaningful media product about Vietnam’s seas and islands that can spread and create positive effects towards public opinion, the general public.