March 17 Event Also Features Screening of Documentary Film,
Land Where My Heart Lies

March 10, 2015 – Saint George, UT – Dixie State University and the DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival today announced that Tinh Mahoney, renowned Vietnamese guitarist and story teller will perform at the Eccles Fine Arts Concert Hall on March 17. His compositions and stories are derived from his experience growing up in the midst of the
Vietnam War, and his later years living in Pakistan, the Philippines, and finally the United States.

The event takes place on March 17 at 7:30 P.M. and also includes a screening of Tinh’s film, Land Where My Heart Lies, which the artist describes as “a visual poem which captures the beauty and the spirit of Vietnam, Binh Thuan province.” Tickets can be purchased through the University here. Tinh’s visit also includes a lecture at the University earlier in the day on Cultural Understanding Through the Arts.

“Dixie State University and DOCUTAH are very proud to have the opportunity to host a performer of such immense talent. It is a tribute to the growing reputation of the film and performing arts programs of DSU and DOCUTAH,” said Dr. Jeffery Jarvis, Dean of Visual and Performing Arts at DSU. “Tinh is on a United States tour and has made the time to visit Southern Utah to perform and lecture for our students and community. We are grateful for the sponsorship of David and Carol Hansen to make this remarkable performance happen.”

“I met Tinh in Vietnam while my son was filming the documentary Soldiers’ Sanctuary, which tells the story of combat veterans healing the scars of war,” said David Hansen, a Vietnam veteran involved in the PeaceTrees Vietnam project. “He was looking for some music which would complement the vision of the film and have a cultural connection to Vietnam. Tinh’s haunting music was perfect.”

Soldiers’ Sanctuary was shown at the 2014 DOCUTAH International Film Festival. It follows a group of US veterans of the Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam wars return to the battlefield of
Khe Sanh, Vietnam, where they meet with veterans of the People’s Army to plant trees on the site of the wartime combat base. This historic event is the foundation of the Khe Sanh Garden, a world sanctuary dedicated to honoring the memory of fallen soldiers from all sides of armed combat and reconciling in peace with former enemies.

The 2015 DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival, held at Dixie State University in Saint George, Utah, runs from September 8-12 and is currently accepting submissions. To date, DOCUTAH has received 102 submissions from 26 countries.


DOCUTAH’s mission is to inspire a global connection through independent documentary films and intellectual discussions. DOCUTAH strives to enhance the education of independent filmmakers, aspiring film students, citizens of the world and the Southern Utah Community. DOCUTAH is one of the few university-sponsored film festivals in the United States. It is an International pure documentary film festival. As part of Dixie State’s academic component, DOCUTAH also offers master class seminars and filmmaker panels where student, amateur and professional filmmakers can discuss and advance their skills in the art of filmmaking.

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