The Future Cries Beneath Our Soil

Pham Thu Hang
Vietnam, Philippines
95 minutes


Five men enjoy an odd friendship in Vietnam’s Quảng Tri province, a site still bearing the scars of war.

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Surrounded by the surreal landscape of Quang Tri province, four men live their lives inseparably from each other. The rhythm of their everyday lives is defined by moments of togetherness in a house with no doors where they all come to drink, smoke, play guitar and sing songs about love and the revolution of the past. Feelings of hatred interweave with compassion, swelling amidst the stagnation of time and space, seemingly awaiting for an unknown. One day, the unknown comes and takes one of them away, leaving the others to go on slipping through an undesired life. Meanwhile, the landscape, located in the border between North and South Vietnam, is what lives on, revealing traces of a war that has outlived its conclusion.

Other Details

Production Company
Cinema Is Incomplete


Dare To Dream Asia, Docs By The Sea 2017


Doc Spirit Award
Docs Port Incheon
In Competition, World Premiere
DMZ International Documentary Film Festival
Best Director Award
Singapore International Film Festival
In Competition
Jean Rouch International Documentary Festival
Official Selection
SAC Asean Film Festival


Pham Thu Hang
Pham Thu Hang
Director, Cinematographer
PHAM THU HANG has worked as a reseacher in VietNam Institute of Culture and Art since 2004. She later joined HanoiDoclab, a breakthrough documentary and video art center in Hanoi where she made several short documentary films . She has since decided to add her voice in the small but active and growing community of young independent documentary filmmakers in Vietnam. Hang recently obtained her Master’s in Documentary Directing in a consortium of three universities in Europe under the DocNomads Joint Masters program in Lisbon, Budapest and Brussels. Her concern in filmmaking opens to many themes but mainly draws attention to rediscovering Vietnamese culture and the connection between the internal world in Vietnam and the world outside, especially in the context of contemporary globalization.
Jewel Maranan
Jewel Maranan
Jewel Maranan is an independent documentary filmmaker, producer and cinematographer. She is the founder and artistic director of Cinema Is Incomplete, an alternative arts and film production and distribution center based in the Philippines, with productions in the Asian region. Her deep interest is in the ways by which history inches through ordinary life. The films she has directed, which had been screened and awarded internationally – Tondo, Beloved (2012) and In the Claws of a Century Wanting (2017) – are crafted in this pursuit. She also works as a producer and producing consultant for documentary films by different directors in the Philippines and in Asia. She has received support from the Asian Cinema Fund, Incheon Film Commission, Doha Film Institute, IDFA Bertha Fund , Purin Pictures and Sundance Institute for her directing and producing works. Jewel is also an an alumna of DocNomads documentary dIrecting master’s program, Berlinale Talents, and Doha Film Institute’s Qumra.

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