A Closer Look at ‘The Vietnam War’ with Film Producer Ho Dang Hoa

This week, Mr. Ho Dang Hoa, a co-producer of ‘The Vietnam War‘ documentary and Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Research, will be presenting to UNIS Hanoi High School students in Media, Film and History classes about his experiences working on the documentary. This exciting event is organised by Grade 11 student Duc Le and will take place via Zoom on Wednesday, April 20 from 13:35-14:35

“The Vietnam War,” an 18-hour documentary series from directors Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, presents firsthand accounts of the Vietnam War from nearly 80 witnesses, including Americans who fought in the war and those who opposed it as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from the North and South. The documentary also uses archival footage, photographs, historic television broadcasts and audio recordings from inside the administrations of John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard Nixon. As a co-producer of the documentary, Mr. Hoa had the role of finding living witnesses and archival materials to use in the documentary. 

In addition to winning the Emmy Award for Outstanding Research, the documentary was also nominated in the following categories at the 2018 Primetime Emmy Awards: Outstanding Writing for a Non-Fiction Program, Outstanding Directing for a Documentary/Non-fiction Program, and Outstanding Sound Editing for a Non-fiction Program (Single or Multi-Camera).

Mr. Hoa was a captain in the Vietnam army between 1975 and 1988 and a managing director at Maroley Media Vietnam. He is currently the country director of Holt International Children Services, a programme serving thousands of underprivileged children and introducing new concepts and forms of services to social workers and agencies in Vietnam. He earned his bachelor’s degree in International Relations at the Vietnam School of Foreign Affairs and has an MBA from Vanderbilt University. 

Mr. Ho Dang Hoa has a lot to share given his role in the film and it is truly an honour that our students can listen and discuss with him via Zoom next week. 

Participants are respectfully encouraged to watch this introduction before the event and the documentary can be viewed for free through this YouTube link. There will be a Q&A session with Mr. Hoa towards the end of the event.

This event is open to everyone within the UNIS Hanoi community. If you would like to meet Mr Hoa and learn more about the Vietnam War film, please contact dle3@unishanoi.org for the Zoom link.