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Eighth Science Film Festival opens in Hanoi
The Saigon Times Daily
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Eighth Science Film Festival opens in Hanoi

The Saigon Times Daily

HCMC - The eighth Science Film Festival, an international program with films, fun and learning, opens in Hanoi from today until December 23.

The program features 12 short films and numerous side programs with experiments for teachers and students. This year’s major topic is food revolution, reflecting the importance of food consumption and its effects on the environment.

The science film festival has been organized by the German cultural center Goethe-Institute in 24 countries in Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and Africa since 2005. It has been introduced into Vietnam since 2010.

This year’s program features films from four countries including Indonesia, Germany, the U.S. and England. They were selected from 278 entries submitted by international filmmakers, studios and television channels.

In Vietnam, the Goethe Institute takes the program to schools of secondary education in cooperation with THD Education Solutions Co., the Education Information and Forecast Center, and Vietnam Institute for Education Sciences.

The eighth Science Film Festival will set a particular focus on teenagers to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in Vietnam. The festival and the side programs aim to support the interest and capacities of young people in nature, technology, and school subjects.

The event offers not only films but also a series of interactive programs for students. Teachers of secondary schools are involved and make use of the program as a source of inspiration for their daily teaching.

This year, the festival has evolved around the topic “Food Revolution”, which refers to one of the biggest challenges for the environment: industrialization of agriculture. The world population increases and so does demand for food. The production of nutritional goods is based on genetic engineering and other ways to increase the productivity of plants and soil. People are facing environmental damage through agricultural emissions such as methanol and carbon dioxide, mass consumption, pollution through farming, as well as the progressive destruction of natural goods and wildlife for the benefit of cultivation.

The organization of the festival involves going to schools and offering hand-on-activities to students and model lessons for teachers. For the event, 125 volunteers have been prepared and trained. The festival expects to reach 10,000 participants.

A special program for students and teachers will be the science film activity days at the Goethe-Institute on November 11 and 18. A digital learning platform will be offered to create an international discourse on how to integrate STEM into educational structures. The organizers will screen films and engage everybody both playfully and experimentally with environmental protection through a conscious food consumption.

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