Forgetting Vietnam
90 mins, 2015
Forgetting Vietnam unfolds spatially as a conversation between the ancient and the modern, the local and the global, high and low technology, or else, between land and water—elements underlying the formation of the term “country” (đất nứớc)—as related to the space of historical, cultural and digital re-memory.

Foregrounding a feminist approach to storytelling, the film re-imagines the mythology of Vietnam’s creation as a landmass born from a battle between two mythical creatures. Shot in Hi-8 video in 1995 and in HD and SD in 2012, the film focuses on the daily activities of Vietnam’s women, who are working towards rebuilding society and sustaining the landscape.

Touching on trauma of international scale, Forgetting Vietnam is made in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the end of the war and of its survivors.

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

Production and Photography: Trinh T. Minh-ha and Jean-Paul Bourdier

Music: The Six Tones and DOI Music