Sex role -- Vietnam, Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Women -- Interviews, Vietnamese Americans -- Social conditions, Women -- Vietnam -- Social conditions

Surname Viet Given Name Nam

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  • In Conversation

    A writer and composer as well as a filmmaker, Trinh is professor of gender and women’s studies and of rhetoric at UC Berkeley.

  • Shannon Jackson is the Cyrus and Michelle Hadidi Chair at UC Berkeley, as well as professor of rhetoric and of theater, dance and performance studies. Jackson is also UC Berkeley’s first associate vice chancellor of arts and design.


Tran Thi Hien, Khien Lai, Ngo Kim Nhuy,

“Unstable, like a hat without a chin strap,” goes a popular Vietnamese ballad, an image that resonates immediately with women, whether they are sampan rowers or doctors in postwar Vietnam. The tornado that was the American war swept up women along with men, but the peace was not kind to them; the erasure of the South only further erased women. “We are ghost women,” says one of those interviewed in Trinh T. Minh-ha’s 1989 film, which got exceedingly close to its subject(s) while continuing this artist’s almost cubist approach to documentary truth in restaged interviews and beautifully manipulated archival footage.

Judy Bloch
  • Trinh T. Minh-ha
  • Kathleen Beeler
  • English
  • Vietnamese
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W/Color
  • 16mm
  • 108 mins

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Trinh T. Minh-ha : el documental no/es un nombre (program note), Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, 2004

Surname Viet given name Nam (program note), Pacific Film Archive Calendar, Judy Bloch, 1993

Haunting film probes life and art in exile (review), New Directions [The Howard University Magazine], Marina Heung, 1990

Remembering history: films by women at the 1989 Toronto Film Festival (review), Camera obscura, Rhona Berenstein, 1990

The film and video by artists series : In-between spaces : The films of Trinh T. Minh-ha (program note), National Gallery of Canada, Susan Ditta, 1990

Vietnamese women topic of film study (article), Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, James Auer, 1989

Trinh's Surname -- between 'Nam and a hard place (review), Shepherd Express, David Crane, 1989

Vietnamese women pulled from obscurity (review), Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Susan Manuel, 1989

Trinh Minh-ha breaks convention in film (review), Asian Week, Frances Leventhal, 1989

New film by Trinh T. Minh-ha (program note), Pacific Film Archive Calendar, Judy Bloch, 1989

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