Cinema

LETTERS FROM PANDURANGA: FILMS BY NGUYEN TRINH THI

Thursday, April 27 at 8 PM  

Nguyen Trinh Thi is a Hanoi-based moving image artist. Her diverse practice, transcending the boundaries between cinema, documentary and performance, has consistently engaged with memory and history. Her works have been shown at international festivals and art exhibitions including Rotterdam International Film Festival; Jeu de Paume, Paris; the Lyon Biennale; Asian Art Biennial Taiwan; Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial; and Singapore Biennale. In 2009, Nguyen founded Hanoi DocLab, a center for documentary filmmaking and the moving image (hanoidoclab.org). FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE!

Doors 7:30 pm. Admission $5.

PROGRAM MADE POSSIBLE WITH SUPPORT BY THE ANDY WARHOL FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS.

 

Program Notes:

Jo Ha Kyu (11:23′, 2012)                                                                                                                                        The essential concept of narrative structure in traditional Japanese temporal arts, jo-ha-kyû, is loosely interpreted against the filmmaker’s subjective experience of Tokyo shortly after the 2011 Japanese earthquake.

I Died for Beauty (8:23, 2012)                                                                                                                  Combining corporate footage of a factory opening event in Asia with classical Western opera music, the filmmaker ponders upon the subject of beauty.

Landscape series no. 1 (5′, 2013)                                                                                                                             As the journey starts, wide empty landscapes make one wonder what one is looking for. A mysterious object? A crime scene? Something horrifying? The scenes are getting more and more specific, but they do not lead to any concrete solution – only an injury in place of a metaphor.

Letters from Panduranga (35′, 2015)                                                                                                                   The essay film, made in the form of a letter exchange between a man and a woman, was inspired by the fact that the government of Vietnam plans to build the country’s first two nuclear power plants in Ninh Thuan (formerly known as Panduranga), right at the spiritual heart of the Cham indigenous people, threatening the survival of this ancient matriarchal Hindu culture that stretches back almost two thousand years.

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