VietNamNet Bridge would like to introduce an article by Nguyen Trinh Thi about the history of Vietnamese documentary industry and the current scene of independent documentary film production in Vietnam. An image from the international award winning documentary “Story of Kindness” by filmmaker Tran Van Thuy. Vietnam is perhaps one of the youngest countries in the world with regard to their histories and traditions of independent documentary film production. After some 50 years of socialism that kept Vietnamese cinema under the wings of the state, independent documentaries only started to develop in Vietnam in the first decade of this century, a dozen years after the low-cost digital video camera and computer-based editing software began revolutionizing independent filmmaking around the world. Although cinema was introduced to Vietnam (then a French colony) as early as at the turn of the 20th century—soon after the Lumiere brothers held their first public screening at the Grand Café in Paris in 1895, it was not until after Vietnam re-established itself as an independent nation in 1945 that Vietnam’s national cinema could fully develop. In 1953, President Ho Chi Minh signed the 147/SL Decree to establish the Vietnam Movie and Photography Enterprise, making the official birth of Vietnamese cinema as a state-owned apparatus. With the end of the Indochina War with the French, and the division of Vietnam into North and South beginning in1954, there were two Vietnamese film industries, with the Hanoi industry focusing on propaganda films and Saigon producing mostly war-themed and comedy films….