Film director Dang Nhat Minh's multi-award winning Vietnamese film Dung Dot (Don't Burn) has launched Vietnamese Film Week in Sri Lanka .

Other acclaimed Vietnamese movies screened in Sri Lanka during the event included Em Be Ha Noi (Hanoian Little Girl), Canh Dong Hoang (Fallow Field), Chuyen Cua Pao (Pao's Story), and Trang Noi Day Gieng (Moon at the Bottom of the Well).

The movie week is the first-ever Vietnamese cultural event in the south Asian country, where Vietnam opened its embassy last April.

According to the Vietnamese Ambassador to Sri Lanka , Ton Sinh Thanh, the film week has offered local audiences the chance to learn more about Vietnamese people and their country.

Several other cultural exchange activities between the two countries will also be held this year, including an exhibition by Vietnamese photographers in June and an arts performance featuring traditional Vietnamese art forms at the end of the year. A Sri Lankan art troupe will perform at the Hue Festival in Vietnam in April.

The Vietnamese Movie Week will close on Feb. 19./.