Screening "WHARF OF WIDOWS": A GAZE ON VIETNAMESE FEMINIST
Location: RHB Cinema, Goldsmiths, University of London
Time: 19th June 2013, 17:00 − 19:00
Eventhough being clearly stated in the title, the feminist concept of "WHARF OF WIDOWS" seems to be long missed in the field of culture critique. Since its first release in 2001, the movie has been internationally introduced with a focus on the image of veterans. This June, along with Goldsmiths postgraduate feminist forum, Heidi Hoefinger's book launch on Cambodian professional girlfriends and the Goldsmiths Annual Gender Event, we would like to put up the movie as a primary source for Vietnamese feminisms.
In brief, “Wharf of Widows” tells stories of typical Vietnamese suburban females during the war when almost all male adults had to depart for severe frontiers. They are either married or virgin, in love or never have such emotions, … Yet these women seemingly share a common “natural” desire: love, sexuality and motherhood. Remarkably, this story has been discovered to remain existed in contemporary Vietnam (NY Times 2013) and surprisingly among Vietnamese female migrants in the West, particularly Berlin, which raises a few pragmatic questions in terms of Westernization in Southeast Asia, local feminisms in a global context, as well as the woman in relation to labor force, immigration and sociality.
The screening is expected after a short introduction to Vietnamese context and followed by an open discussion on related topics.
For any further details, please contact My Bui (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Also in www.vietnamese.eventbrite.com
THE EVENT IS FREE. EVERYONE IS WARMLY WELCOME!
ALSO: ANOTHER NEW RELEASED DOCUMENTARY ON VIETNAMESE SINGLE MOTHERS BY MARIJN POELS
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