Đặng Nhật Minh was born into a family of scholars and patriots in the ancient imperial capital of Hue in 1938.
His father, professor and wartime martyr Đặng Văn Ngữ, was a well-known doctor who was honored with the Hồ Chí Minh Award for his great medical contributions. Last year, Minh was also bestowed the same award for his contributions to the arts.
Minh translated Russian films before starting as a documentary filmmaker in 1965. He has also worked as a journalist, writer and served as the general secretary of the Vietnamese Cinema Association for 10 years from 1989.
He has won three Gold Lotus and four Silver Lotus awards for his films at the Vietnam Film Festival and many other prizes at other national film festivals.
He was the first Vietnamese director to win the prestigious Nikkei Asia prize for Culture in 1999.
Minh also received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contributions to the Asian film industry at the fifth Gwangju… read more