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The film evolves around questions of identity, popular memory and culture. While focusing on aspects of Vietnamese reality as seen through the lives and history of women resistance in Vietnam and in the U.S, it raises questions on the politics of interviewing and documenting.

Awards: First-Prize Blue Ribbon, American Film Festival; First-Prize Film As Art, SECA, San Francisco; Merit Award, Bombay Film Festival

Region of Filming

Year of Release

1989

Duration

108 minutes

Format

Color

Directors

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Trinh T. Minh-ha

Born in Vietnam, Trinh T. Minh-ha is a filmmaker, writer and music composer. She has traveled and lectured extensively—in the States, as well as in Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand—on film, art, feminism, and cultural politics. She taught at the National Conservatory of Music in Dakar, Senegal (1977-80); at universities such as Cornell, San Francisco State, Smith, Harvard, Ochanomizu (Tokyo),
Ritsumeikan (Kyoto), Dongguk (Seoul); and is Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies and of Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley.