Thursday, March 21, 2019

DON’T BE AFRAID

11:49 PM


“Don’t Be Afraid” revolves around an appalling marine life disaster that took place along the coast of central Vietnam, commonly referred to as the Formosa disaster, whose aftermaths are still affecting millions of lives.

In March 16, 2019 Green Trees organization officially released a documentary called Don't Afraid - this is the first film about the civil society movement in Vietnam. Through the terrible environmental disaster along the central coast of Vietnam with the name Formosa, The film redraws a picture of the democracy movement movement from 2006 up to now. Highlight the role of civil society in life.


From 2006 until now, there have been hundreds of protesters, activists, fighting for sovereignty over the islands and human rights and the right to operate of civil society organizations in Vietnam. beating, fishing, imprisoning. However, that still does not make the fighters falter. The Formosa event was a great boost to the democracy movement in Vietnam. Those who aspire to democracy have officially overcome their fears, stand up and exercise their rights. Whatever position in society, they still find themselves in need of standing up together for justice, for the truth.

Our goals with the film
1. To provide the Vietnamese and international public with an insight into the Formosa disaster, including its causes and consequences, and the compensation policy thereafter. To keep the next generation informed of a terrible environmental disaster that creates a gloomy chapter in the nation’s history book;


2. To make a sketch of the democratization process in Vietnam from 2006 up to the present, so that the great self-sacrifice by passionate people would be known and their families’ pain eased. It was those people who paid a high price with their blood, liberty, even life, for Vietnam’s democracy.


3. To raise public awareness about the role of civil society. To encourage individuals and groups to overcome fear and build a strong civil society sector together, empowering people for a strong democracy in the future;


4. To seek support from international organizations in protecting the environment and human rights, building capacity for civil society to attain sustainable development in Vietnam. 

Photos taken during the afternoon event:

                                 Picture 1: Capture the guests participating in the event


                                  Picture 2: Dr. Quang A and Musician Nguyen Ngoc Dai


                                         Picture 3: Activist, blogger Nguyen Chi Tuyen


                          Picture 4: Member of Green Trees Hoang Thanh & Le Kien Cuong


                                       Picture 5: Member of Green Trees


                      Picture 6:  Member of Green Trees Thinh Nguyen and Le Kien Cuong


                                 Picture 7: Member of Green Trees - Dang Vu Luong


                              Picture 8: Musician Pho Duc Phuong shares about the film


                                       Picture 9: Dr. Nguyen Quang A shared about the film



                                        Picture 10: Musician Nguyen Ngoc Dai 


                                Picture 11: Member of Green Trees Tran Xuan Bach


                                           Picture 12: Singer Mai Khoi





Picture 13: Interview with guests' feelings


                                          Picture 14: Photo after the end of the event




DON’T BE AFRAID.

THE PEOPLE ARE MORE THAN READY FOR A HEALTHY AND MATURE CIVIL SOCIETY SECTOR. WHAT ABOUT THE AUTHORITIES? WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO DO?

When? When will government policies in Vietnam be discussed between the state and the people through peaceful and legally-recognized civil movements?



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