Discoveries...Vietnam DVD series
March 16, 2011 Issaquah, Washington USA
Bennett-Watt Entertainment, Inc., announces the release of latest DVD series “Discoveries… Vietnam” which includes 3 new titles:
”Discoveries… Vietnam: A 21st Century Awakening”
Vol# DVDHD28, MSRP $24.95
UPC: 799759000194 ISBN: 978-1-934682-64-7
This is the first in a 3 part series about Vietnam in the 21st Century. The production team traveled from the Mekong Delta in the south to the Chinese border in the north capturing life in Vietnam. The focus is how the country has re-invented itself , emerging from economic chaos to a significant player on the world stage and particularly in Asia. Features include: Halong Bay, Mekong Delta, Rice Production, Rainy Season Vinh Long, Life In The City, Hanoi, Capitalism & Commerce, Education, Nha Trang, Vin Pearl Resort, National Academy of Music, Hanoi Ba Dinh Square, Hanoi Tourism, Hanoi Water Puppets, Motor Scooters, Helmets & The Law, Hanoi Temple of Literature, Ao Dai Traditional Dress & Ho Chi Minh City.
Life in 21st century Vietnam... From the Mekong Delta in the south all to way to the Chinese border in the north. This program focuses on how the country re-invented itself, emerging from economic chaos to a significant player on the world stage. Spectacular scenery of this Southeast Asia gem, including features on Halong Bay, ancient caves and Karst formations. Rice harvesting, Vinh Long market, Hanoi’s famous Water Puppet Theater & the country’s first university, the Temple of Literature. Meet the musicians of the Vietnam National Academy of Music, Ho Chi Minh’s final resting place of Ba Dinh Square, Nha Trang and Vin Pearl’s expansive beach resort areas. Laced between all this, is a vibrant city life in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Siagon) punctuated by Vietnam’s 20 million motor scooters or “motos” as they are called. Also learn about the traditional dress for women, the Ao Dai. In the delta town of Can Tho, a visit to a local school and a surprising interview with a group of young students about their plans for the future.
”Discoveries…Vietnam: Rice Baskets To World Heritage”
Vol# DVDHD29, MSRP $24.95
UPC: 799759000200 ISBN: 978-1-934682-65-4
This is the second of three programs in the Discoveries...Vietnam series and visits farmers during rice harvest & tells the story of how this country has transformed in recent years from famine to feast. Experience many different kinds of markets, even floating! Also a look at the fishing industry and several Unesco World Heritage Sites. Features include: Farming, QuyNhon & Fishing Industry, Hoi An, My Son, On The Road, Duck Wrangler, Hue, Hue Citadel, Snail Woman, Hue's Dong Ba Market, Perfume River Night Cruise, Thien Mu Pagoda, Khai Dinh Tomb, Minh Mang Tomb, Northern Vietnam, Train Travel, Journey to Bac Ha & Farming, Sand Mining, Flower Mong Market, Lau Cai & Chinese Border, Mekong Delta, Ho Chi Minh City Markets, My Tho & Dragon Dance & Can Tho Floating Market.
This is the second of three programs in the Discoveries...Vietnam series and visits farmers during rice harvest telling the compelling story of how this country has transformed in recent years from famine to feast. Experience many different kinds of markets... produce, fish, dry goods & even floating markets! Journey back in time to the Unesco World Heritage Sites of 16-17th century Hoi An, 4th-13th century religious and political capital of the Champa Kingdom, My Son & former capital (until 1945), and the cultural, intellectual, and spiritual center of Vietnam, Hue with it’s distinctive Citadel. Experience the drama and spectacle ancient tombs and pagodas. Hard working farmers take a moment from their back breaking labor to sing songs & talk about the harvest, an illustration of just how happy are the farmers in the 21st century compared to the days of near famine under collective farming rules imposed by the communist government in 1972. One woman clearly has a song in her heart. A bright and witty young guide in Bac Ha gives a personal tour of rice fields where she grew up and to the remote mountain village
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of Can Cau for a weekly market. A unique experience since nearly everyone there belongs to one of the minority Mong tribes who are a remarkable contrast to their “Viet” countrymen. From the 10,000 foot mountains in the north, south to sea level in the Delta, this is another odyssey around and through Vietnam that will leave unforgettable images of a kind & smiling people in a country that is emerging as a real gem in the western Pacific.
”Discoveries…Vietnam: Historic Treasures”
Vol# DVDHD30, MSRP $24.95
UPC: 799759000217 ISBN: 978-1-934682-66-1
An in depth and detailed look at Vietnam’s most significant historic sites. In many, local guides tell the story of their particular treasure. Some are subtitled to better understand their story. Features include: Temple of Literature, Ba Dinh Square, Hoi An, My Son, Hue Citadel, Thien Mu Pagoda, Khai Dinh Tomb & Minh Mang Tomb.
Start at the most historic site, The Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first University founded in 1070, then head to Ba Dinh Square in Hanoi where you can find the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. From here travel to Unesco World Heritage Sites of Hoi Anh, a major international port in the 16th and 17th centuries, with foreign influences apparent to this day. Continue to My Son, with an extensive ruin from the Champa Dynasty built from the 4th to the 14th Century. Over 70 temples in various states of ruin make this a spectacular journey into Vietnam’s past. Hue’s Citadel on the north side of the Perfume River is often referred to as “ancient”, but compared to My Son or The Temple of Literature is actually quite young historically. It was built in the early part of the 19th Century, 1804, and was the royal capitol of Vietnam during the Nguyen Dynasty until 1945. The former imperial seat of government and Hue's prime attraction, this is a great sprawling complex of temples, pavilions, moats, walls, gates, shops, museums and galleries. The Thien Mu Pagoda overlooks the Perfume River and is the official symbol of the city of Hue and was built in 1601 although the nearly 70 foot tower was built in1844. Throughout its history the pagoda has seen a number of activists pass thru it’s gates on the way to influence many different governments over the last 400 years. There are several tombs of Nyugen emperors around Hue, the two most remarkable are Khai Dinh Tomb with it’s classic formula of forecourts leading up to the tomb of the Emperor complete with incredibly detailed and opulent mosaics of cavorting dragons. Minh Mang, an regal complex with it’s courtyard surrounded by warrior statues and several temples and pavilions.
Award winning “Discoveries… ” is a series of documentary / travel / educational programs produced by Jim & Kelly Watt of Bennett-Watt HD Productions. Filmed in high definition these DVD’s focus on locations throughout the world and provide in-depth views into life, culture, history, nature and the adventure of lands far and near. Stunning pictures and in-depth video essays that bring to life the rich culture, heritage and landscapes of regions throughout the world with exceptional photography, interesting subjects and fascinating stories that will truly capture a country for today and for tomorrow.
Jim & Kelly Watt have honed their skills for the last 35 years, producing, directing and shooting news, award winning documentaries, fly fishing and fly tying entertainment and instructional programs for a variety of national networks (ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, HDNET, ESPN, Outdoor Life, Comcast and INHD.) In business since 1978, Bennett-Watt Entertainment, Inc. has produced over 500 hours of TV network & cable television programs, many of which have also been released on DVD.
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