Shoot For The Contents
102 mins, 1991
This film ponders questions of power and change as related to the contemporary shifts of culture and politics in China, and as refracted by the protests and massacre at Tiananmen Square in 1989.

The title of the film, which refers to a Chinese guessing game that combines allegory and storytelling, revolves around interviews with filmmakers, artists, philosophers, and activists. Exploring color, rhythm, and the changing relationship between ear and eye, this meditative documentary realizes on screen the shifts of interpretation in contemporary Chinese culture and politics.

The multifaceted layering of images and sounds within touch on themes of multiplicity of identity, and the politics of representation (in this case, re-presentations of China), while questioning oppressive and totalising systems of knowledge.

Directed, Written & Edited by Trinh T. Minh-ha

Production & Lighting Designer: Jean-Paul Bourdier

Cinematography: Kathleen Beeler & Trinh T. Minh-ha

Featuring: Ying Lee, Dewi Yee, Wu Tian Ming, Clairmonte Moore