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Hanoi Students Win Prize at Asian International Children's Film Festival in Japan

The students won the Excellent Prize for their emotional film about friendship.

Tuoi Tre reports that three 12th graders from Viet Duc High School in the capital were honored for their work, titled The To-Do List, which depicts the relationship between two friends, one of whom is suffering from a terminal illness. 

The Asian International Children's Film Festival, first held in 2007, took place this year in Minamiawaji, Japan. The event aims to promote friendship and goodwill between Asian youths through the craft of filmmaking.

This year's theme was "How do you feel about causing others trouble? Is it okay if only you are good? Can you think about other people?" Over 400 films were sent in by student groups from 15 Asian countries, while 69 films were selected to take part in the festival.

The Hanoi group's film was very well-received. The news source quotes Japan's Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Hiroshi Kajiyama, as saying: "The movie gave the audience a touching experience about simple things in life as the students expressed the theme 'causing others trouble' in a humanitarian and creative way."

Three other films also received an Excellent Prize, while the Grand Prize was awarded to Juvenile Correction Center, which was created by a group of Japanese students.

The annual film festival is part of the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths 2018, which strives to build international relations among youths in this part of the world through cultural and academic exchanges.

All expenses for student groups to travel from elsewhere in Asia to Japan were covered by the Japanese government.

[Photo courtesy of the Hanoi Department of Education and Training via Tuoi Tre]

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