nguyễn trinh thi

video and moving image works

Letters from Panduranga (2015)


Jaka portrait
hố bom quảng trị BÁCH

Single-channel video, color and b&w, sound, 35:00

The essay film, made in the form of a letter exchange between a man and a woman, was inspired by the fact that the government of Vietnam plans to build the country’s first two nuclear power plants in Ninh Thuan (formerly known as Panduranga), right at the spiritual heart of the Cham indigenous people, threatening the survival of this ancient matriarchal Hindu culture that stretches back almost two thousand years.

At the border between documentary and fiction, the film shifts audience attention between foreground and background, between intimate portraits and distant landscapes, offering reflections around fieldwork, ethnography, art, and the role of the artist.

Intertwining circumstances of the past, present, and future, the film also unfolds a multi-faceted historical and on-going experience of colonialisms, and looks into the central ideas of power and ideology in our everyday.

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‘Judea’, West den Haag

daadgalerie, Berlin

Prudential Eye 2016 Finalists Exhibition, ArtScience Museum, Singapore

Rotterdam International Film Festival 2015

Jeu de Paume, Paris

CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux

2015 Taiwan Asian Art Biennial

2015 Ural Biennale, Russia

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6 comments on “Letters from Panduranga (2015)

  1. Koen Van Synghel
    November 8, 2015

    I’ve seen the movie in Paris. A touching experience. Seldom seen such an integrity and awareness of the filmmaker as an intruder. so delicate and humanistic and full of respect. and above all, full of questions to make us think. I would love to know more about Trinh Thi!

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  3. I watched this twice at the Biennale of Sydney last year and found it incredibly moving. Thank you for sharing their story with us. I would really like to know more about the unmarked stones in the cemetery and the tradition of burying family members together – I’m sorry if I have that incorrect, as I’m working from memory from over a year ago. Is there anywhere we can watch this film or purchase a download of it? Thanks again.

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