Surname Viet Given Name Nam
Trinh T. Minh-ha, USA 1989, 108 min, Vietnamese/English Original with English Subtitles
The relationship between nation and female identity is the topic of the film. Five women report in experimental portrait situations of the deep trenches of distrust in Vietnamese society, which is drawn by colonial rule and war. They talk about their work, their memories and family constellations, about the troubles to live an autonomous life. Archival images from different times, accompanied by reports and songs from offstage, condense into a grand narrative about the women in Vietnam. The portraits get disrupted through irritations on the image or sound level. Breaks in translation and the merging of spoken, sung and written words blur what is fiction and what is reality. Finally, the question „What is an interview?“ invites to reflect on the complex conditions and relationships of representation.