GUEST: TRINH T. MINH-HA (ONLINE DISCUSSION)
Reassemblage: From the Firelight to the Screen
Trinh T. Minh-ha, USA 1982, 40 min, engl. OV
In her debut film, Trinh T. Minh-Ha challenges us to hear with our eyes and see with our ears. “A film about what?” she asks herself and the audience. “A film about Senegal?”
›Reassemblage‹ does not get to the bottom of village life on the spot, but takes it as an opportunity to reflect on ethnographic film and its colonial implications. According to the title, emblematic images are rearranged, brought into different contexts and habitual appropriations of what is shown are made more difficult. Above all, the politics of representation is in the foreground here and is dissected on the sound and image level. The film is only conditionally concerned with the everyday actions of the (primarily) shown women, but rather with the associations of the audience. Today, Trinh’s critique of the colonial gaze is established in the documentary field, yet the power structures she addresses still largely persist. Thus, even after almost 40 years, the film still holds a mirror up to the viewer.