The yearbook "Irkutsk region. Book of Records. 2012" is posted material on the Vietnamese student Dinh Xuan Chon who is studying in Irkutsk Technical University at the Faculty of Journalism and makes films and videos about Irkutsk.
Dinh Xuan Chon was born in a small Vietnamese village, and after school entered a local institute of foreign languages, selecting Russian as the main language.
"At home, my family and me often watched Russian and Soviet films. My father told about the interesting Soviet people; he worked as an engineer in the construction of hydroelectric power in the Soviet Union. Hence my knowledge of Russian literature and interest in Russia ", says Dinh Xuan Chon.
After the first year of study the student was offered to continue study in Russia, and he chose Irkutsk: "That time I didn’t know what a Russian winter is, and how it's cold here sometimes. It's the real test for a guy from a warm Asia. I was impressed with the beauty of winter Baikal, stunning ice and water purity of its "rebellious daughter" Angara. Irkutsk grandparents knew that we came from Vietnam, kissed and hugged us, trying to do anything to help. "
Vietnamese student shot several films about Irkutsk and Siberia. First there was b-roll "Irkutsk from my sight." Then there were a few videos about Arshan, Olkhon Island, and bathing in urban font during the Epiphany. Dinh Xuan Chon prepared a social movie "Advertising is big garbage." ISTU student participated in the Festival of Documentary film "Man and Nature" with his photographic and video works, and one of his films entered in the top seven.
"Irkutsk from my sight" is one of the most significant works of Vietnamese student. This is a lyrical and very personal story about the city, which has become his home for some time. Every sentence of narration in the film begins with the refrain "Irkutsk from my sight", after which the author lists the events, places and experiences with which he associates Siberian city.
Dinh Xuan Chon admits that he loves Irkutsk - a calm, quiet but fast-growing city. Future journalist notices that a lot of high-rise buildings and shopping centers appeared just for four years of his living in Irkutsk. The filmmaker regrets that old houses with carved wooden tracery disappear from the center of the city; these decorative elements have a special unique beauty.
Dinh Xuan Chon shoots, edits, writes the narration, and merges music and videos. He did not plan to show movies to a wide audience; he just simply made amateur videos. Therefore, the popularity of online movies and clips about Irkutsk embarrassed him in the beginning, because narrations are with an accent, and video, in his opinion, could be more professional. However, the audience did not notice these, and is watching it with great interest. Dinh Xuan Chon has fresh perspective and thoughtful approach. His favorite film is documentary. Unlike hard TV news, it is more human, and its contents do not become obsolete, says the author of the film.