There's no place like home: Vietnam through the lens of two diasporas filmmakers

Rodrigues Coombe, Ana Sofia Carvalho (2019) There's no place like home: Vietnam through the lens of two diasporas filmmakers. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: There's no place like home: Vietnam through the lens of two diasporas filmmakers
Synopsis:

The repercussions of the Vietnam War, and unprecedented migration that ensued, provided fertile ground for a gamut of diasporic Vietnamese artists to bring to light issues pertaining to dislocation and identity. Looking at the works of two diasporic Vietnamese filmmakers, Luu Huynh and Victor Vu, whose filmmaking practices germinated in a pond of nebulous memories and second-hand recollections of the Vietnam War, this thesis considers how their works were coloured by their personal experiences of displacement.
The study contextualises the lives and times of Huynh and Vu while highlighting how integral the historical context of the moment is to their filmic practice. Despite the unique life circumstances of each director, the films selected share a number of common stylistic and narrative threads, highlighting collective concerns and reactions. Finally, a look at the factors that lured these filmmakers back to Vietnam from the US accounts for why the homeland identity is prioritized, despite years of absence.
The diasporic perspectives of each filmmaker have been considered in relation to existing frameworks developed to understand diasporic cinema. Are approaches such as that of Hamid Naficy’s accented cinema applicable to the Vietnamese context? Whilst this framework provides some inroads to the approach and study of these works, a number of issues and questions still remain. Attempting to fill these gaps, the study relies on detailed critical analysis of the available films by Huynh and Vu, to propose that the frameworks for reviewing Vietnamese diasporic works are still to be thought.

Subjects: Art History
Art History > Thesis -- MA Asian Art Histories
Divisions: Faculty of Fine Arts > Master - Asian Art Histories
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2020 04:18
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2020 05:45
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/742
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