Reassemblage
40 mins, 1982
Through a complicity of interaction between film and spectator, Reassemblage reflects on documentary filmmaking and the ethnographic representation of cultures. It points to the viewer’s expectations and the need for the assignment of meaning, challenging the claim within ethnographic documentary of finding or revealing an objective truth.

Centered on images of life in rural Senegal, the film is a critique of the anthropological I/eye. Building on the methodology implied within its title, the film’s repetition of images and music and telling and retelling of fragmented stories reflects Trinh’s intention not to “speak about, just speak nearby.”

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

Produced by Jean-Paul Bourdier