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Forgetting Vietnam, with introduction by filmmaker/theorist Trinh T. Minh-ha

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Center for Advanced Study
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum
Apr 3, 2019   7:00 pm  
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Center for Advanced Study

Trinh T. Minh-ha

Professor of Rhetoric and Gender & Women’s Studies

University of California, Berkeley


Moving between footage shot in 1995 and 2012 in multiple formats, Forgetting Vietnamoffers a lyrical dialogue between the two elements—land and water—that underlie the formation of the Vietnamese term for “country.” Through folksongs, popular and classical music as well as through local people’s voices—via insurgent poetry, sayings and everyday comments— the film comments on the residue of one of America’s most divisive wars, and its ongoing presence and simultaneous absence in our historical reckoning.

Renowned filmmaker and feminist postcolonial theorist Trinh T. Minh-ha will introduce her most recent film Forgetting Vietnam and take questions from the audience afterwards. Professor Trinh is an alumna of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with a Ph.D. in French and Ethnomusicology, and masters degrees in Music Composition and in French Literature.

This event is part of the celebration of the 40th anniversary of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. See for more details.


Hosted by: Department of Gender and Women's Studies

In conjunction with: Center for Writing Studies, Department of Anthropology, Department of Asian American Studies, Department of French and Italian, Department of Geography & Geographic Information Science, Department of History, Department of Media and Cinema Studies, Department of Political Science, Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, Krannert Art Museum, Program in Comparative and World Literature, Program in Women and Gender in Global Perspectives, School of Music, Spurlock Museum, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory

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