Two Films and a Talk with Trinh T. Minh-ha

MARCH 15-16
Presented with Centre A

In Person (March 16): Trinh T. Minh-ha

“The films of Trinh T. Minh-ha present an incisive critique of the structures of traditional Western documentaries, which so often depict ‘other’ cultures in a condescending way. Rich, lyrical, fluid, her finely crafted cinematic style is distinctive. It incorporates complex musical structure, performances, text, jump cuts, long poised silences, and other techniques of avant-garde cinema to create a new language for film.”

Centre A and The Cinematheque, with support from SFU David Lam Centre and SFU Department of Humanities, welcome renowned Vietnamese-born artist, writer, and scholar Trinh T. Minh-ha for a special two-night program of her acclaimed film work. Subjective, self-reflexive, and intellectual, infused with feminism and anti-colonialism, and offering a dizzying array of sights and sounds, the award-winning “anti-anthropological” films of Trinh represent a startling reinvention of the documentary form. Two of these intoxicating nonfiction works — Surname Viet Given Name Nam (1989) and Forgetting Vietnam (2015) — will screen at The Cinematheque, with Trinh on hand to introduce and discuss the latter, receiving its Vancouver premiere.



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Regular ticket prices in effect. Membership in The Cinematheque or Centre A will be accepted for this event.

Trinh T. Minh-ha is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, composer, and scholar whose films have been given over fifty retrospectives internationally. She has lectured worldwide on film, art, feminism, and cultural politics. She is Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and of Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley.


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Recent Showings

In Trinh's best known work, identity, memory, and culture are explored through Vietnamese women’s resistance in Vietnam and the United States.
VANCOUVER PREMIERE! Drawing on ancient stories of Vietnam’s creation, this lyrical film essay honours the survivors of the Vietnam War.