trinh minh ha

So where do you go from here? Where do I go? And where does a committed woman writer go? Finding a voice, searching for words and sentences: say something, one thing or no thing; tie/untie, read/unread, discard their forms; scrutinize the grammatical habits of your writing, and decide for yourself whether they free or repress. Shake syntax, smash the myths and, if you lose, slide on, UNEARTH some new linguistic paths. Do you surprise? Do you shock? Do you have a choice?
—  Trinh T. Minh-ha
115 Films By and About Women of Color

Go watch and support!

35 Shots of Rum by Claire Denis (2008)

A Different Image by Alile Sharon Larkin (1982)

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night by Ana Lily Amirpour (2014)

A Tale of Love by T. Minh-ha Trinh (1995)

Advantageous by Jennifer Phang (2015)

Ala Modalaindi by Nandini Bv Reddy (2011)

All About You by Christine Swanson (2001)

Alma’s Rainbow by Ayoka Chenzira (1994)

Appropriate Behavior by Desiree Akhavan (2014)

Aya of Yop City by Marguerite Abouet (2013)

B For Boy by Chika Anadu (2013)

Bande de Filles (Girlhood) by Céline Sciamma (2014)

Belle by Amma Asante (2013)

Bend it Like Beckham by Gurinder Chadha (2002)

Bessie by Dee Rees (2015)

Beyond the Lights by Gina Prince-Bythewood (2014)

Bhaji on the Beach by Gurinder Chadha (1993)

Camila by María Luisa Bemberg (1984)

Caramel by Nadine Labaki (2007)

Chutney Popcorn by Nisha Ganatra (1999)

Circumstance by Maryam Keshavarz (2011)

Civil Brand by Neema Barnette (2002)

Compensation by Zeinabu irene Davis (1999)

Daughters of the Dust by Julie Dash (1991)

Des étoiles (Under The Starry Sky) by Dyana Gaye (2014)

Descent by Talia Lugacy (2007)

Double Happiness by Mina Shum (1994)

Down in the Delta by Maya Angelou (1998)

Drylongso by Cauleen Smith (1988)

Earth by Deepa Mehta (1998)

Elza by Mariette Monpierre (2011)

Endless Dreams by Susan Youssef (2009)

Eve’s Bayou by Kasi Lemmons (1997)

Fire by Deepa Mehta (1996)

Frida by Julie Taymor (2002)

Funny Valentines by Julie Dash (1999)

Girl in Progress by Patricia Riggen (2012)

Girlfight by Karyn Kusama (2000)

Goyangileul butaghae (Take Care of My Cat) by Jeong Jae-eun (2001)

Habibi Rasak Kharban by Susan Youssef (2011)

Hiss Dokhtarha Faryad Nemizanand (Hush! Girls Don’t Scream) by Pouran Derahkandeh (2013)

Honeytrap by Rebecca Johnson (2014)

How The Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer by Georgina Reidel (2005)

I Can’t Think Straight by Shamim Sarif (2008)

I Like It Like That by Darnell Martin (1994)

I Will Follow by Ava DuVernay (2010)

In Between Days by So-yong Kim (2006)

Incognito by Julie Dash (1999)

Introducing Dorothy Dandridge by Martha Coolidge (1999)

Invisible Light by Gina Kim (2003)

It’s a Wonderful Afterlife by Gurinder Chadha (2010)

Jumpin Jack Flash by Penny Marshall (1986)

Just Another Girl on the IRT by Leslie Harris (1992)

Just Wright by Sanaa Hamri (2010)

Kama Sutra by Mira Nair (1996)

Lady With a Sword by Kao Pao-shu (1971)

Long Life, Happiness & Prosperity by Mina Shum (2002)

Losing Ground by Kathleen Collins (1982)

Love & Basketball by Gina Prince-Bythewood (2000

Love the One You’re With by Patricia Cuffie-Jones (2015)

Luck By Chance by Zoya Akhtar (2009

Mi Vida Loca by Allison Anders (1993)

Middle of Nowhere by Ava DuVernay (2012)

Mississippi Damned by Tina Mabry (2009

Mississippi Masala by Mira Nair (1991)

Mixing Nia by Alison Swan (1998)

Monsoon Wedding by Mira Nair (2001

Mosquita y Mari by Aurora Guerrero (2012)

Na-moo-eobs-neun san (Treeless Mountain) by So-yong Kim (2008)

Naturally Native by Valerie Red-Horse (1998)

Night Catches Us by Tanya Hamilton (2010)

Nina’s Heavenly Delights by Pratibha Parmar (2006)

Paju by Chan-ok Park (2009)

Pariah by Dee Rees (2011)

Peeples by Tina Gordon Chism (2013)

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (2007)

Phat Girlz by Nnegest Likké (2006)

Picture Bride by Kayo Hatta (1994)

Radiance by Rachel Perkins (1998)

Rain by Maria Govan (2008)

Real Women Have Curves by Patricia Cardoso (2002)

Saving Face by Alice Wu (2004)

Second Coming by Debbie Tucker Green (2014)

Sita sings the blues by Nina Paley (2008)

Something Necessary by Judy Kibinge (2013)

Something New by Sanaa Hamri (2006)

Song of the Exile by Ann Hui (1990

Still the Water by Naomi Kawase (2014)

Stranger Inside by Cheryl Dunye (2001)

Sugar Cane Alley/Black Shack Alley by Euzhan Palcy (1983)

The Kite by Randa Chahal Sabag (2003)

The Rich Man’s Wife by Amy Holden Jones (1996)

The Rosa Parks Story by Julie Dash (2002)

The Secret Life of Bees by Gina Prince-Bythewood (2008)

The Silence of the Palace by Moufida Tlatli (1994)

The Watermelon Woman by Cheryl Dunye (1996)

The Women of Brewster Place by Donna Deitch (1989)

The World Unseen by Shamim Sarif (2007)

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Darnell Martin (2005)

Things We Lost in the Fire by Susanne Bier (2007)

Ties That Bind by Leila Djansi (2011)

Toe to Toe by Emily Abt (2009)

Wadjda by Haifaa Al-Mansour (2012)

Water by Deepa Mehta (2005)

Whale Rider by Niki Caro (2002)

What’s Cooking? by Gurinder Chadha (2000)

Where Do We Go Now? by Nadine Labaki (2011)

Whitney by Angela Bassett (2015)

Woman Thou Art Loosed: On The 7th Day by Neema Barnette (2012)

Women Without Men by Shirin Neshat (2009)

Woo by Daisy von Scherler Mayer (1998)

Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl by Joan Chen (1998)

Yelling to the Sky by Victoria Mahoney (2011)

Yo, la peor de todas (I, The Worst of All) by María Luisa Bemberg (1990)

Young and Wild by Marialy Rivas (2012)

- your welcome :)

Essential Works by Women Filmmakers // 1912-2016

‘Isn’t it wonderful that you’ve had such a great career, when you had no right to have a career at all?’ — Telegram from Katherine Hepburn read out during the Director’s Guild of America tribute to Dorothy Arzner, 1975

Currently trying to prioritise watching more films directed by women and consequently will be adding to this as I watch more. 1 film per director.

  1. Falling Leaves (dir. Alice Guy-Blaché, 1912)
  2. Suspense (dir. Lois Weber, 1913)
  3. The Smiling Madam Beudet (dir. Germaine Dulac, 1922)
  4. The Adventures of Prince Achmed (dir. Lotte Reiniger, 1926)
  5. Fieldwork Footage (dir. Zora Neale Hurston, 1928)
  6. Merrily We Go to Hell (dir. Dorothy Arzner, 1932)
  7. Meshes of the Afternoon (dir. Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid, 1943)
  8. Introspection (dir. Sara Kathryn Arledge, 1946)
  9. Begone Dull Care (dir. Evelyn Lambart and Norman McLaren, 1949)
  10. Love Letter (dir. Kinuyo Tanaka, 1953)
  11. A Portrait of Ga (dir. Margaret Tait, 1955)
  12. Cléo from 5 to 7 (dir. Agnès Varda, 1962)
  13. The House is Black (dir. Forough Farrokhzad, 1963)
  14. Bad Girls Go to Hell (dir. Doris Wishman, 1965)
  15. Daisies (dir. Věra Chytilová, 1966)
  16. Lights (dir. Marie Menken, 1966)
  17. Fuses (dir. Carolee Schneemann, 1967)
  18. Reason Over Passion (dir. Joyce Wieland, 1969)
  19. The Student Nurses (dir. Stephanie Rothman, 1970)
  20. Wanda (dir. Barbara Loden, 1970)
  21. Kaldalon (dir. Dore O, 1971)
  22. The Other Side of the Underneath (dir. Jane Arden, 1972)
  23. Sambizanga (dir. Sarah Maldoror, 1972)
  24. Love and Anarchy (dir. Lina Wertmüller, 1973)
  25. Messiah of Evil (dir. Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck, 1973)
  26. Dyketactics (dir. Barbara Hammer, 1974)
  27. Film About a Woman Who… (dir. Yvonne Rainer, 1974)
  28. Hester Street (dir. Joan Micklin Silver, 1975)
  29. India Song (dir. Marguerite Duras, 1975)
  30. Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (dir. Chantal Akerman, 1975)
  31. The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum (dir. Margarethe von Trotta and Volker Schlöndorff, 1975)
  32. Semiotics of the Kitchen (dir. Martha Rosler, 1975)
  33. Mikey and Nicky (dir. Elaine May, 1976)
  34. The Ascent (dir. Larisa Shepitko, 1977)
  35. Riddles of the Sphinx (dir. Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen, 1977)
  36. The Street (dir. Caroline Leaf, 1977)
  37. Guerillere Talks (dir. Vivienne Dick, 1978)
  38. My Brilliant Career (dir. Gillian Armstrong, 1979)
  39. Five Year Diary (dir. Anne Charlotte Robertson, 1981)
  40. Freak Orlando (dir. Ulrike Ottinger, 1981)
  41. Baby Doll (dir. Tessa Hughes-Freeland, 1982)
  42. The Slumber Party Massacre (dir. Amy Holden Jones, 1982)
  43. Wolf-Devil Woman (dir. Pearl Chang, 1982)
  44. Born in Flames (dir. Lizzie Borden, 1983)
  45. Syntagma (dir. Valie Export, 1983)
  46. Cornella: The Story of a Burning Bush (dir. Kembra Pfahler, 1985)
  47. Desperately Seeking Susan (dir. Susan Seidelman, 1985)
  48. Damned if you Don’t (dir. Su Friedrich, 1987)
  49. The Slumber Party Massacre II (dir. Deborah Brock, 1987)
  50. The First Love (dir. Mari Terashima, 1989)
  51. Surname Viet Given Name Nam (dir. T. Minh-ha Trinh, 1989)
  52. Daughters of the Dust (dir. Julie Dash, 1991)
  53. Possibly in Michigan (dir. Cecelia Condit, 1991)
  54. Orlando (dir. Sally Potter, 1992)
  55. beDevil (dir. Tracey Moffatt, 1993)
  56. Clueless (dir. Amy Heckerling, 1995)
  57. Party Girl (dir. Daisy von Scherler Mayer, 1995)
  58. Bound (dir. Lana Wachowski and Lilly Wachowski, 1996)
  59. The Watermelon Woman (dir. Cheryl Dunye, 1996)
  60. The Apple (dir. Samira Makhmalbaf, 1998)
  61. Turbulent (dir. Shirin Neshat, 1998)
  62. But I’m a Cheerleader (dir. Jamie Babbit, 1999)
  63. Ratcatcher (dir. Lynne Ramsay, 1999)
  64. The Day I Became a Woman (dir. Marzieh Meshkini, 2000)
  65. Bridget Jones’s Diary (dir. Sharon Maguire, 2001)
  66. Josie and the Pussycats (dir. Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont, 2001)
  67. La Ciénaga (dir. Lucrecia Martel, 2001)
  68. In My Skin (dir. Marina de Van, 2002)
  69. Innocence (dir. Lucile Hadžihalilović, 2004)
  70. Oxhide (dir. Liu Jiayin, 2005)
  71. 35 Shots of Rum (dir. Claire Denis, 2008)
  72. Bright Star (dir. Jane Campion, 2009)
  73. Everyone Else (dir. Maren Ade, 2009)
  74. Hanezu (dir. Naomi Kawase, 2011)
  75. Pariah (dir. Dee Rees, 2011)
  76. Tomboy (dir. Céline Sciamma, 2011)
  77. Stories We Tell (dir. Sarah Polley, 2012)
  78. Wadjda (dir. Haifaa al-Mansour, 2012)
  79. Belle (dir. Amma Asante, 2013)
  80. Appropriate Behaviour (dir. Desiree Akhavan, 2014)
  81. The Babadook (dir. Jennifer Kent, 2014)
  82. The Invitation (dir. Karyn Kusama, 2016)
  83. 13th (dir. Ava DuVernay, 2016)
  84. Certain Women (dir. Kelly Reichardt, 2016)

allisonfranks  asked:

Who are a few of your favorite authors who inspire you?

Bhanu Kapil is my first and foremost, always. I love the poet Ai. Aracelis Girmay was both a very important mentor in my life, as well as one of my favorite poets. Her “Noche de Lluvia, San Salvador” is one of my deepest inspirations and came to me in a very important moment on the back of a metro card in NYC. Anne Waldman is also one of my recent favorites. Eduardo C. Corral, Latasha N. Nevada Diggs, Gloria Anzalduá — the poetics as well as the politics of these poets are what I align with. I love Arundhati Roy. Her The Cost of Living changed my live at a wine bar in downtown Portland. I was halfway through The God of Small Things when it got caught in an overnight rain and I haven’t opened it up since, its pages all bloated and warped. I’ll get to it, though. Danez Smith is literally an angel. Michael Ondaatje is a long-time favorite. If you’re going to read anything by him, get Secular LoveI wrote a 15 page paper about him in high school that I’ll post at some point. I found it last night and it is a really well-written piece. Another favorite — Banana Yoshimoto. Her Kitchen — in the first paragraph is one of my favorite sentences from a book: “White tile catching the light (ting! ting!).” I love Gary Soto’s poetry. bell hooks’ All About Love is really important. Audre Lorde’s Sister Outsider is also really, really important. Here’s her essay “Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power.” I love e.e. cummings. I love the poetics of Trinh T. Minh-Ha. I love Ocean Vuong and Li-Young Lee. I love Natalie Diaz. I love Tsering Wangmo Dhompa, a Tibetan poet. love The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston, and anything — prose, poetry, novel — by Anne Michaels. Toni Morrison changed language forever. Reading all of Proust’s In Search of Lost Time had a huge impact on my way of thinking, in delineating my idea of memory. Gabriel García Marquez — his Love in the Time of Cholera and One Hundred Years of Solitude. I can’t believe that I forgot A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit. That book is also very very important. So was Diane Ackerman’s A Natural History of the Senses — it’s a very voluptuous, sensuous book of essay about the senses. I know I’m forgetting something but here it is for now. 

The socially oriented filmmaker is thus the almighty voice-giver (here, in a vocalizing context that is all-male), whose position of authority in the production of meaning continues to go unchallenged, skillfully masked as it is by its righteous mission. The relationship between mediator and medium, or the mediating activity, is either ignored-that is, assumed to be transparent, as valuefree and as insentient as an instrument of reproduction ought to be-or else, it is treated most conveniently: by humanizing the gathering of evidence so as to further the status quo (“Of course, like all human beings I am subjective, but nonetheless, I have confidence in the evidence!”). Good documentaries are those whose subject matter is “correct” and whose point of view the viewer agrees with. What is involved may be a question of honesty (vis-a-vis the material), but it is often also a question of (ideological) adherence, hence of legitimization.
—  Trinh T.  Minh-Ha, “Documentary Is/Not a Name”
The 30 Best Movies I’ve Watched in 2015 So Far
  1. A Spell To Ward off the Darkness (Ben Rivers and Ben Russell, 2013)
  2. A Wanderer’s Notebook (Mikio Naruse, 1962)
  3. Bamako (Abderrahmane Sissako, 2006)
  4. The Battle of Chile, Part One (Patricio Guzman, 1975)
  5. Casa de Lava (Pedro Costa, 1994)
  6. Dust In The Wind (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 1987)
  7. Funeral Parade of Roses (Toshio Matsumoto, 1970)
  8. Goodbye to Language (Jean-Luc Godard, 2014)
  9. Horse Money (Pedro Costa, 2014)
  10. The Last of the Unjust (Claude Lanzmann, 2014)
  11. Leviathan (Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2014)
  12. Love (Karoly Makk, 1971)
  13. Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller, 2015)
  14. The Man Without a Map (Hiroshi Teshigahara, 1968)
  15. The Night (Mohamed Malas, 1990)
  16. On the Occasion of Remembering The Turning Gate (Hong Sang-soo, 2002)
  17. Le Plaisir (Max Ophuls, 1952)
  18. Reassemblage (Trinh T. Minh-ha, 1984)
  19. Selma (Ava DuVernay, 2014)
  20. Shara (Naomi Kawase, 2003)
  21. Still Life (Jia Zhangke, 2006)
  22. The Strange Case of Angelica (Manoel de Oliveira, 2010)
  23. Stray Dogs (Tsai Ming-liang, 2013)
  24. Suzaku (Naomi Kawase, 1997)
  25. Tokyo Sonata (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 2008)
  26. Two Years at Sea (Ben Rivers, 2011)
  27. Waiting For Happiness (Abderrahmane Sissako, 2002)
  28. When the Tenth Month Comes (Đặng Nhật Minh, 1983)
  29. Winter Sleep (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2014)
  30. World on a Wire (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1973)

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Trinh Minh Ha

Bio (from

Professor Trinh teaches in the Gender and Women’s Studies Department at the University of California at Berkeley since 1994 and in the Department of Rhetoric since 1997. She has also taught at Harvard, Smith, Cornell, San Francisco State University, the University of Illinois, Ochanomizu University in Japan and the National Conservatory of Music in Senegal. Originally trained as a musical composer, who received her two Masters and Ph.D. from University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Trinh T. Minh-ha is a world-renowned independent filmmaker and feminist, post-colonial theorist. She teaches courses that focuses on women’s work as related to cultural politics, post-coloniality, contemporary critical theory and the arts. The seminars she offers focus on Third cinema, film theory and aesthetics, the voice in cinema, the autobiographical voice, critical theory and research, cultural politics and feminist theory. Aside from the eight books she has published, her work also includes two large-scale multimedia installations and six feature-length films that have been honored in twenty seven retrospectives around the world: Reassemblage (1982), Naked Spaces (1985), Surname Viet Given Name Nam (1989), Shoot for the Contents (1991), A Tale of Love (1996), The Fourth Dimension (2001), and Night Passage (2004) .

  • composer
  • professor
  • feminist
  • writer
  • theorist
  • female
  • = dayummm

anonymous asked:

would appreciate if you stopped blogging neocolonialist propaganda films such as Zero Dark Thirty and Hurt Locker. Thanks. :)

hi, i understand the sentiment but i’m not going to disregard films just because you or i don’t like them. i hold some similar opinions on bigelow’s recent military films too, but part of the purpose of this blog is to curate a vast array of movies and not forgo certain works. if there really was significant concern on neocolonialist propaganda in cinema, the complaint wouldn’t be isolated to kathryn bigelow’s recent works anyway, but many films posted here and elsewhere on tumblr would be cut wholesale as well. take for instance some films backed by pentagon financial assistance like iron man, goldeneye, man of steel, i am legend, war of the worlds, the silence of the lambs, indiana jones, etc. hollywood and its ties to the military and neocolonialist power structures are inevitable. i don’t want to hide that. i will however agree to posting more films and filmmakers from less privileged circumstances and more progressive standpoints to combat the problematic movies.

i hope i’ve been somewhat unambiguous in my support for women filmmakers resisting imperialist, patriarchal systems elsewhere on this blog at least. for every hurt locker or zero dark thirty, i hope to have at least offered trinh t. minh-ha, mira nair, samira makhmalbaf, lina makboul, claire denis, etc.