Naked Spaces - Living Is Round
135 mins, 1985
Naked Spaces - Living is Round is a film on the poetics of dwelling and the relationship between houses and cosmos in West Africa. It explores the rhythm and ritual of life in rural environments of six West African countries (Senegal, Mauritania, Togo, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Benin) through a nonlinear structure that challenges the traditions of ethnographic filmmaking.

Trinh's images represent struggle and resistance to the mystification and exoticization of African life. The opening statement of the film emphasizes the impossibility of complete translation, stating: “Not descriptive, not informative, not interesting.” The work reflects Trinh’s ability to reflexively critique both the structures of filmmaking and her own gaze.

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

Produced by Jean-Paul Bourdier