Surname Viet Given Name Nam

Surname Viet Given Name Nam
dir. Trinh T. Minh-ha/USA/1989/109 min.
Muranów, Ingrid + Pola

Surname Viet Given Name Namis about the multiple layers of myths and history that make their mark on Vietnamese women. In her film, Trinh allows women to speak for themselves. A key feature are interviews, translated from French, which reveal a sense of double alienation. Trinh T. Minh-ha reenacts them with Vietnamese immigrants living in the US. "Thus, this film is just as much about translation as it is about Vietnam. It is also about narration: The difference between documentary and fictional narrative forms with regard to a described reality is a question of grades of fiction." (Madeleine Bernstorff)


  • projection time:
    109 min.
  • country/year:
    USA /1989
  • director:
    Trinh T. Minh-ha
  • pictures:
    Kathleen Beeler
  • editor:
    Trinh T. Minh-ha
  • production:
    Jean-Paul Bourdier / Moongift Films
  • sound:
    Linda Peckham
  • festivals and awards:
    1990 – American Film and Video Festival: the Blue Ribbon Award; 1990 – Bombay IFF: Merit Award; Film as Art Award from the Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art (SF Museum of Modern Art)

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