At the height of the United States’ intervention in the Vietnam War, it seemed that nothing could unite a country torn in half by political lines. The horrors that unfolded during Vietnam’s 20-year conflict stained its reputation for decades. After years of turmoil, the country has begun to mend old wounds and build a future distant from its bloody past. In the last ten years, Vietnam has gained economic momentum in part because of its natural beauty, rich culture, and friendly locals, making it a top destination for travelers looking for change of pace.
Oliver Astrologo’s short travel film is set in the ancient quarters of Hanoi, Vietnam and surrounding areas. Using his SonyA7ii coupled with Zeiss 35mm and 55mm lens he captures the true crisp beauty of this country. Oliver uses the POV first person style for the majority of the film, which helps bring the viewer in and give that genuine feeling that you are walking through the open field or surrounded by mountains cruising down the river. He uses a unique mixture of natural sounds and music to move throughout the unique countryside showing the different faces Vietnam has.
Below are some of our favourite screenshots from the film: