Trinh Thi Nguyen

Title: Chronicle of a Tape Recorded Over
Directed and produced by Trinh Thi Nguyen
Duration: 25:00
Format: digital video 4:3
Language: Vietnamese
Subtitles: English
Production date: 2011
Production country: Vietnam

Chronicle of a Tape Recorded Over
Using ‘exquisite corpse’, a method by which a collection of stories and images is collectively assembled, Nguyen Trinh Thi began her journey over the Vietnam War’s notorious Ho Chi Minh Trail. The filmmaker asked local villagers to contribute their tales, merging reality with fiction in her search for the meaning of collective cultural memory and its relationship to ideas of space and sight.

Trinh Thi Nguyen is a Hanoi-based independent documentary filmmaker and video artist. She studied journalism and photography at the University of Iowa and Southeast Asian studies and ethnographic film at University of California, San Diego. Her documentary and experimental films have been screened at festivals and exhibitions in the USA, Europe, China, Brazil, India, Indonesia, and Cambodia. Festivals include San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, Vesoul Asian Film Festival, Jean Rouch International Film Festival, Yunnan Multi Culture Visual Festival, and the Vietnamese International Film Festival (ViFF). In 2009, she founded Hanoi DOCLAB, a centre for documentary filmmaking and video art in Hanoi.
(LIFESCAPES, South East Asian Film Festival.)

Hanoi DOCLAB is a centre/lab for documentary filmmaking and video art opened in 2009 and based at the Goethe Institute in Hanoi. Our facilities and activities include basic film and video training courses; weekly screenings and discussions opened for everyone; an editing lab for filmmakers and video artists; and a video/film and book library accessible to the public.




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