Trinh T. Minh-ha, USA 2004, 98 min, engl. OF
Night Passage’ is considered one of the two feature films by Trinh. That’s one possible angle. Inspired by Kenji Miyazawa’s 1927 novella ‘Milky Way Railroad’, the book is received as a fantasy classic and as a children’s book. Thus the film also oscillates between genres, fiction and document. What can be said with certainty: Two young women embark on a journey. The journey is a metaphor for the passage between life and death; their vehicle of travel is both a train compartment and the camera itself. In addition, ‘Night Passage’ is much more: the film reflects on new spaces for action in the universe of the digital. It offers a reference system of signs, which in sum also contains the colonial matrix of US history. And last but not least, it is a foray into California’s artistic avant-garde, in which it is by no means decided, where the boundaries between poetry, technology and esotericism lie – or whether they are relevant at all.