FORGETTING VIETNAM

by Minh-Ha T. TRINH
2015 / HD / color / sound / 1S / 90' 00

One of the myths surrounding the creation of Vietnam involves a fight between two dragons whose intertwined bodies fell into the South China Sea and formed Vietnam’s curving S-shaped coastline. Influential feminist theorist and filmmaker Trinh T. Minh-ha’s lyrical film essay commemorating the 40th anniversary of the end of the war draws inspiration from ancient legend and from water as a force evoked in every aspect of Vietnamese culture. Minh-ha’s classic Surname Viet Given Name Nam (1989) used no original footage shot in the country; in Forgetting Vietnam images of contemporary life unfold as a dialogue between land and water—the elements that form the term "country". Fragments of text and song evoke the echoes and traces of a trauma of international proportions. The encounter between the ancient as related to the solid earth, and the new as related to the liquid changes in a time of rapid globalization, creates a third space of historical and cultural re-memory—what local inhabitants, immigrants and veterans remember of yesterday’s stories to comment on today’s events.

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distribution format Digital file on HDD (HD)
screen 16/9 (single screen)
speed 29,976 fps
sound sound
original language Vietnamese
translation English (Sous-titrage)
rental fee 250,00 €

distribution format Digital file on HDD (HD)
screen 16/9 (single screen)
speed 29,976 fps
sound sound
original language Vietnamese
translation French (Sous-titrage)
rental fee 250,00 €