The radical filmmaker, teacher at Berkeley and writer talks essentialism in identity politics and why her films are neither documentary nor fiction.
Trinh T. Minh-ha’s first film, Reassemblage (1982), is in some sense a work of ethnographic cinema. Shot in Senegal, it is filled with scenes of daily life, especially of village women.
Yet, from its very title, which summons the fragmentary and constructed, Reassemblage signals that it will be no conventional documentary. Disentangling sound from image, foregoing an authoritative voice-over and relinquishing the long takes of an observational style for a disjunctive montage aesthetic, Trinh overturns the conventions traditionally employed in anthropological filmmaking. Rather than a work of ethnographic cinema, Reassemblage is better understood as anti-ethnography – a film that reflexively dismantles the objectification and exoticization of otherness which mark the ethnographic and colonial projects alike.
In the films, installations and books she has produced in the years since Reassemblage, Trinh has continued in this spirit, deconstructing claims to identity, presence and authenticity, holding them to be the product of patriarchal and colonialist epistemologies. Whether in the re-enactments of Surname Viet Given Name Nam (1989) and the poetic theorizing of Woman Native Other: Writing Postcoloniality and Feminism (1989), or in her more recent turn to exploring digitization and climate change, Trinh insists on dislodging the illusory purity of inherited categories to make way for the hybrid and in-between. Crucially, this cross-disciplinary practice is not one of simple negation: Trinh breaks down dominant languages in order to imagine other forms of relation and expression.
Her latest film, Forgetting Vietnam (2016), crosses the country of her birth from north to south, confronting changing imaging technologies and the ambivalence of modernization along the way. Through landscapes, history, folklore and popular songs, this essayistic travelogue commemorates both the passing of Trinh’s father and the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. The work possesses a lyricism not present in Reassemblage, but Trinh’s words from the earlier film resonate in it even more strongly: ‘Reality is delicate.’
Filmmaker Ram Kamal Mukherjee’s second venture A Tribute to Rituparno Ghosh: Season’s Greetings will have world wide premiere on Zee 5 this winter.
After the success of Cakewalk, author turned director Ram Kamal Mukherjee’s second feature A Tribute to Rituparno Ghosh: Season’s Greetings will have world wide premiere on Zee 5, India’s leading digital platform. The 47 minute Hindi feature marks the comeback of Bollywood star Celina Jaitly Haag post marriage and motherhood. The film also stars theatre thespian Lillette Dubey and debutant Azhar Khan in the lead. This film also marks the debut of Bollywood’s first transgender actor Shree Ghatak in a pivotal role. Continue reading Season’s Greetings of Ram Kamal Mukherjee to be premiered at Imagineindia
Tell us what inspired you to take that step into journalism. My father, Jaydeb Mukherjee was instrumental in guiding me. He realised that I liked writing, and…
Tell us what inspired you to take that step into journalism.
My father, Jaydeb Mukherjee was instrumental in guiding me. He realised that I liked writing, and I always preferred Shakespeare more than Newton in my school days! I guess the germ was already created; it needed the right soil to bloom. Continue reading Interview with Ram Kamal Mukherjee
Mehdi Rahmani will be Jury Member at the 19th edition of Imagineindia International Film Festival to take place in Madrid on 17 – 31 May 2020.
The Iranian director and producer was born in 1979. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Iranian Cinema and Broadcasting university-Tehran as a director and made 18 short films and documentaries. Continue reading Mehdi Rahmani, Jury member at Imagineindia 2020
Mahtab Keramati will be the Jury President of the 19th edition of Imagineindia to take place in Madrid, May 17-31, 2020.
Born on October 17, 1970 in Tehran, Iran, in 2006 she was appointed UNICEF National Ambassador in Iran.
She was taking acting courses when she was cast for the role of Helen in The Men of Angelos, which earned her national recognition. She later appeared in films such as Mummy III and Rain Man, for which she was nominated for the Fajr Crystal Simorgh International Film Festival. She then appeared in dramas such as Saint Mary and Crimson Soil and the films Hell, Purgatory, Heaven, There are things you don’t know, Alzheimer’s and the private life of Mr. and Mrs. M .. She won a Crystal Simorgh for Best Actress in a supporting role for Twenty In 2015, winner of the Award for Best Actress International Imagineindia Film Festival.
Keramati won the Best Actress Award at Imagineindia for her performance in “Ghosts” by acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Dariush Mehrjui.
In October 1990, in Tokyo, while Kurosawa was still filming his penultimate film, Rhapsody in August (Hachi-gatsu no kyōshikyoku, 1991), writer and director met to discuss the differences between literary and cinematographic language, and the difficulties of the adaptation of the first to the second. On the occasion of the central topic of Rhapsody in August, they addressed the physical, spiritual and historical consequences of the Nagasaki nuclear bombing in 1945 and the reaction of the perpetrator, the United States: the establishment of a machinery of oblivion in Japan, under its auspices, in place of acceptance of his crime and publicly apologize; they also delved into the conditions of happiness, the limits of man, and, of course, the implications of this in art. It is a friendly duel between two of the sharpest and most passionate minds of his time, showing a deep concern to leave, through his work, a positive legacy for humanity. This is a part of the interview. Continue reading Interview of G.García Márquez to Akira Kurosawa
IMAGINEINDIA CELEBRATES ITS 18TH EDITION, SHOWING MORE THAN 80 MOVIES.
– The festival will give the Lifetime Achievement Award to the indian director Buddhadeb Dasgupta.
– It will take place in Madrid from 17 to 31 May 2019.
The 18th edition of Imagineindia International Film Festival will take place in Madrid from 17 to 31 May. 81 films, 5 venues, 18 international juries and 15 international guests in this festival, which has already become a classic among film festivals. This year Imagineindia pays homage to the Indian director Buddhadeb Dasgupta with Lifetime Achievement Award. Continue reading Press release/Presentation of Imagineindia 2019
Filmoteca de Cataluña
Plaza de Salvador Seguí 1-9
Saturday 1 September
Sunday 2 September
Manda Meyer Upakhyan
Tuesday 4 September
Wednesday 5 September
Ami, Yasin Ar Amar Madhubala
Thursday 6 September
Friday 7 September
Carrer de Girona 175
Saturday 22 September
Out of Frame (Wai Lun Kwok) Hong Kong
Saturday 29 September
Bomba (Ralston Jover) Philippines
Saturday 6 October
Highway 318 (Yunxing Nie) China
Saturday 13 October
Blockage (Mohsen Gharaei) Iran
Saturday 20 October
King of Peking (Sam Voutas) Australia
B The Travel Brand
Avenida Diagonal 512
Monday 3 September
Mousse (John Hellberg) Sweden
Szamota’s Mistress (Adam Uryniak) Poland
Monday 17 September
King of Peking (Sam Voutas) China / Australia
The 18th edition of Imagineindia International Film Festival will take place in Madrid from 17 to 31 May 2019. It,s open the submission of films upto 15 April 2019. Please kindly check Rules.
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CLOSING GALA VIDEO
On May 31, Thursday, 7:00 pm, took place the Closing Gala of the 17th edition of the Imagineindia International Film Festival. With the presence of directors, international producers: Bauddhayan Mukherji (India) Director, Airat Iamilov (Russia) Director of photography, Delphine Montaigne (France) Actress, Yunxing Nie (China) Director, Sun Yun (China) Producer, Tzahi Grad (Israel) Director, producer.
The Gala was presented by the actor Sergio Pazos and actress Yolanda Font.
The Awards were given by Spanish cinema personalities like : Pedro Hernández (Producer of Magical Girl), Ángela Molina (Actress), Innocence (Singer), Azucena de la Fuente (Actress), Alba Ferrara (Actress), Lola Forner (Actress), José Marzilli (Representative of Javier Bardem), David Marqués (Scriptwriter of Campeones), Paola García San Juan (Director), Pedro Mari Sánchez (Actor), Félix Sabroso (Director) or authorities : Hagit Mualem (Embassy of Israel), Jeeva Maria Roy (Embassy of India) among others.