Surname Viet Given Name Nam

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Synopsis

Surname Viet Given Name Nam is a self-reflexive piece that attempts to bear witness to the lives of historical and contemporary Vietnamese women.

An exercise of writing and restoring Vietnamese women’s voices into the transnational narrative which was largely absent before 1989, it examines the subjugation of Vietnamese women to the war, the nation’s patriarchal ideals, foreign exoticization and the capitalist system. The film has won many accolades, including the First-Prize Blue Ribbon at the American Film Festival and the Merit Award at the Bombay Film Festival.

Credits

  • web-7-filmsoftm-director An accomplished filmmaker, visual artist and music composer, Trinh Minh-ha’s celebrated works have continuously pushed the boundaries in experimentation within documentaries, narrative fiction and video essays since the 1980s. Born in Vietnam, Trinh’s explorations, using varied mediums coupled with analytical and poetic text, fuse themes of sensuality, gender issues, socialism and more, set amidst rich cultural and historical backdrops. Her astounding body of work includes eight feature films that have been honoured in numerous retrospectives around the world, including Brazil, Croatia and Tokyo, several collaborative visual and multimedia installations, and innumerable publications. A multi-award winner, including two lifetime achievement awards, Trinh Minh-ha is a tour de force and an inspiring figure in the art world.
  • Jean-Paul Bourdier
  • Trinh T. Minh-ha
  • Khien Lai, Ngo Kim Nhuy, Tran Thi Bich Yen
  • Trinh T. Minh-ha - trinh@berkeley.edu

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