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PROGRAM: At Water’s Edge: Moving Images from Vietnam

Saturday, October 5, 2019 | 3- 5 pm at 12420 Santa Monica Blvd

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At Water’s Edge⁠— the moving-image program for Where The Sea Remember⁠—  presents a focused selection of recent moving-image works created in Vietnam since 2007. During this time, increasingly affordable digital recording equipment and accessible editing software made it possible for emergent and established filmmakers to rely less on private and government funding. Able to more easily work between and outside of both the long-standing world of state-produced features and the expanding field of commercial films and advertising, artists embraced non-linear and self-reflexive narrative techniques to engage previously unexplored subjects. Concurrently, historical, technical, and theoretical knowledge of filmmaking was shared by professionals and enthusiasts through a variety of platforms, including local institutions like Hanoi Doclab and Nha San Collective, international and regional film festivals and convenings, and social media and the internet. Collectively, these spaces foster a community within Vietnam, and across its diasporas, for the production and reception of experimental video works and independent documentary films.


This program focuses on works that intersect and complement the questions and themes that are central to Where The Sea Remembers. Across 6 works by 6 artists, the program will explore the increasingly experimental, non-linear and self-reflexive ways in which Vietnamese moving-image makers document the impact wrought by urban and technological development in the present, as well as re-engage the past through a combination of realism and fantasy. At Water’s Edge shares its name with a 2012 documentary short by filmmaker Do Van Hoang, which presents a portrait of a local swimming hole in Hanoi where individuals from disparate walks of life gather to share a little space and time together. Similar to Hoang’s quiet stretch of river, moving images are a shared commons where practitioners from distinct disciplines, geographies, and life experiences gather to tell stories, whether that is a mesmerizing tribute to a fallen poet, a stylized remembrance of a history partially-forgotten, or a hellish trip through the internet. The goal of this program is to provide audiences with a brief introduction to the vibrant moving-image community in Vietnam.


Presented on the occasion of Where The Sea Remembers, on view until October 12, 2019.


Where The Sea Remembers is made possible through a major gift by Stephen O. Lesser. Additional support is provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. 

The Mistake Room’s programs are made possible with the generous support of its Board of Directors, Big Mistake Patron Group, International Council, and Contemporary Council.