Phantoms Crew - Dien Bien Phu

While working on the Vietnamese Veterans project in Dien Bien Phu we ran into this awesome breakdance crew: PHANTOMS CREW

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Dien Bien Phu is a relatively small city surrounded by mountains, in the very north of the country, Here the local youths don't have bars, clubs and cinemas at their disposal like they do in bigger cities such as Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. 

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Squares like this one can be found in almost every city in Vietnam. They are big open spaces in the hearts of the cities with massive government buildings overlooking them, which display the Vietnamese Communist Party's characteristic red banners with yellow letters and Ho Chi Minh portraits. In this case the stone steps make a perfect surface for head spins and other breakdance moves. 

The dynamic movements of the guys, right in front of the static shapes of the building, not only made for some awesome shots, but I also find them to be representative of a particular aspect of modern Vietnamese society. While they are strongly influenced by traditional cultural and political Vietnamese values, the new generation also shows evident traces of influences coming from Western culture.

 
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