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Film: Forgetting Vietnam with filmmaker/theorist Trinh T. Minh-ha

Part of the CAS/MillerComm Lecture Series.

Moving between footage shot in 1995 and 2012 in multiple formats, Forgetting Vietnam offers 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.

The CAS/MillerComm public events series brings to campus people who offer unique cross-disciplinary contributions to the intellectual and cultural life of the university.

This Center for Advanced Study event is hosted by the Department of Gender and Women's Studies in conjunction with the 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, and the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory.

This event is also part of the celebration of the 40th anniversary of Gender and Women’s Studies (external link) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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For further information, visit the Center for Advanced Study (external link) or call (217) 333-6729.

To request disability-related accommodations for this event, please contact Brian Cudiamat at (217) 244-5586 or cudiamat@illinois.edu (email link).