Delegates press the button to kick off the 2019 Vietnam Medical Film Days in Hanoi on Feb 20. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - The Ministry of Health has launched the 2019 Vietnam Medical Film Days in Hanoi as part of activities to celebrate the 64th Vietnam Physician Day on February 27.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien highlighted health issues as an attractive and endless topic for artists.

“On behalf of the health sector, I have deeply appreciated efforts of documentary film artists. They have created extremely precious image annals on operation history of the Vietnamese health sector that helps doctors and health workers understand history and continue to inherit and promote the traditions and achievements of previous generations,” said Tien.

During the three-day event, 10 films will be shown at the health ministry, the Hanoi Medical University, the Public Health University, and the Studio for Document and Scientific Films in Hanoi.

The films document the health sector from 1970 to date. They also honour doctors and health workers who silently sacrificed their lives for the country’s health care and protection.

A highlight of the event is The 30-year Reunion, a film directed by People’s Artist Nguyen Thuoc about the life of Nguyen Thi Kim Lai, the ‘small guerrilla’ character in the picture of a female Vietnamese soldier holding a gun to oppose downed a American pilot in the resistance war against America.

After the war, Lai was a nurse at the Ha Tinh Traditional Medicine Hospital. She is the embodiment of the spirit of courage in war but full of humanity, promoting medical ethics in peacetime.

On the sidelines of the event, a photo exhibition will showcase images and contents of 10 outstanding films at the event.-VNA