Trinh T. Minh-ha, professor of Rhetoric and Gender and Women’s Studies at Berkeley, will deliver the final Fisher Center presentation of the fall semester, with a screening and discussion of her 2015 film, “Forgetting Vietnam,” on Wednesday, Dec. 7.
Vietnam, Minh-ha presents in the film, relies on a fragile equilibrium between land and water. Carrying the histories of both visual technology and Vietnam’s political reality, ”Forgetting Vietnam” features the encounter between the ancient as related to the solid earth, and the new as related to the liquid changes in a time of rapid globalization. In conversation with these two parts is a third space, that of historical and cultural re-memory — or what local inhabitants, immigrants and veterans remember of yesterday’s stories to comment on today’s events. Through the insights of these witnesses to one of America’s most divisive wars, Vietnam’s specter and its contributions to world history remain both present and all too easy to forget. Touching on a trauma of international scale, “Forgetting Vietnam” is made in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the end of the war and of its survivors.
Minh-ha is a prize-winning filmmaker, writer and composer who has made eight films and authored 14 books, including “Lovecidal: Walking with the Disappeared” (2016), “Vernacular Architecture in West Africa: A World” (2011), “Elsewhere, Within Here: Immigration, Refugeeism and The Boundary Event” (2010), and “Woman, Native, Other: Writing Postcoloniality and Feminism” (1989).
Examining the theme “No Place Like Home,” the 2016-17 Fisher Center lecture series explores the diverse productions of and investments in the concept of “home” in the context of capitalism and technology, refugee crises and ecological catastrophe, policing and colonialism, and more.
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