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Directed, Written and Edited
by: TRINH T. Minh-ha
Production and Lighting Design by: Jean-Paul BOURDIER
Cinematography by: Kathleen BEELER & TRINH T. Minh-ha
"One of the most
extraordinary documentaries of recent years and a major creative intervention
on the conventions of the genre... a complex meditation on questions
of power, change, politics and culture, weaving the points of view of
both insiders and outsiders engaged in many different areas of social
and artistic activity.... A beautiful and moving film, as challenging
and stimulating formally as it is politically."
-London Film Festival
"Politics, poetry are 'contents' of her work. Trinh T. Minh-ha's
heartfelt and carefully cultivated approach to life and art is displayed,
like tattoos, all over her award-winning body of work."
-Jeff Kaliss, The Oakland Tribune
"'You don't catch the vital spirit of things in formal likeness,'
says one of Trinh's narrators. The ancient Chinese philosopher
who first uttered these words could have been describing the director's
own style of filmmaking. Her subtle informality succeeds where others
have failed in understanding China. Trinh transcends politics, history
and culture, creating a film every bit as complex, mysterious and intriguing
as China itself."
-Andrew Leonard, The Daily Californian