Vietnamese film ‘Dung Dot’ (Don’t Burn) directed by Dang Nhat Minh has been chosen to officially represent Vietnamese cinema in the best foreign language film category at the 2010 Oscars in Log Angeles next March, according to Do Duy Anh, an official from the culture ministry.

The move is based on the diary of war martyr Dang Thuy Tram. Tram, a young female doctor from Hanoi , volunteered to fight during the American War. She was in charge of a military clinic in Duc Pho District in the central province of Quang Ngai , and was killed by American troops.

The film reflects the profound humanity of the film’s modest and courageous heroine Tram, played by young actress Minh Huong.

The film triumphed over 23 films to win the Audience Award at the Fukuoka International Film Festival in Japan earlier this month.

According to Anh, the department received the invitation from the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science two months later than usual due to postal problems.

‘Dung Dot’, which was produced for just 11 billion VND (643,000 USD), satisfies the academy’s selection criteria, as it features English subtitles and met certain technical requirements as well as being screened for commercial purpose during at least seven continuous days between October 1, 2008 and September 30, 2009./.