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SFGVFF :: Hong-An Truong — Adaptation Fever series | Lin + Lam — Departure

San Francisco Global Vietnamese Film Festival, a project of Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network

Saturday, April 27, 2013 from 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM (PDT)

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Hong-An Troung's ADAPTATION FEVER (2006-2007 | US | experimental video installation | 20min) is a trilogy that both appropriates and disrupts the archive. ‘The Past is a Distant Colony,’ ‘A Story in the Process of Self-Alienation,’ ‘It’s True Because It’s Absurd,’ and ‘Explosions in the Sky’ were each constructed using found footage of Viet Nam during its French Indochina period, to explore questions about the politics of representation and the construction of difference in relation to history, time, and memory. The split screen and juxtaposition become a simple technique whereby the “real” and by extension, its historical referent, are permanently deferred objects, further diminished through the overdubbed narratives in Vietnamese and French which are only briefly summarized in English subtitles. Playing with the idea that nostalgia can be evoked without memory or experience, and also by the co-dependent relationship between the West’s present and the Other’s desire for that present, this video appropriates archival images as a way to consider translation, postcolonial subjectivity, and sentimentality. Lin+Lam’s DEPARTURE (2004 | US | video essay | 48min) considers modernization and foreign intervention, through transportation methods. Shot from the exploratory perspective of moving car, cycle, and trains, the video travels through three former colonial Asian cities: Taipei, Shanghai, and Hanoi. In recognition of language hierarchies and the politics of translation, five women narrate interrelated histories of urban environments under transformation, in their native languages—Mandarin Chinese, Taiwanese, English, Shanghainese, and Vietnamese. Located at the Roxie Theater (3117 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103), this event is part of the San Francisco Global Vietnamese Film Festival, which centers the histories and imaginaries of those in Việt Nam and in the diaspora—through narrative, documentary, and experimental genres. For a complete program visit
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The Roxie Theater
3117 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

Saturday, April 27, 2013 from 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM (PDT)

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San Francisco Global Vietnamese Film Festival, a project of Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network

The San Francisco Global Vietnamese Film Festival (April 26-28, 2013) is a biennial film and video showcase centering Vietnamese filmmakers in Việt Nam and the diaspora—a international vision reflecting a transnational reality. SFGVFF is the first and only festival of its kind in the Bay Area. With an Opening Night Gala ($10, 7:30-10pm, 4/26) at Artists Television Access (992 Valencia St), the SFGVFF runs from 2:30pm to midnight each day, April 27-28, 2013, at the historic Roxie Theater (3117 16th Street) built in 1909 in the Mission district of San Francisco. Guest director talks and Q&A discussion with Bay Area filmmakers Việt Lê and Tony Nguyen. Each screening is $10, and may include multiple films or events. We expect over 2,000 attendees. Sponsored in part by the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network, Zellerbach Family Foundation, and the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, SFGVFF is part of the 2013 United States of Asian America Festival. For a complete schedule or to buy advanced tickets, visit the festival website at:

Our film festival is organized biennially by the core members and staff of the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN). The Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN) is a San Francisco-based organization established to promote artists from the Vietnamese diaspora whose work in literature, visual art, film, and performance art enriches Vietnamese American local communities and strengthens ties amongst Vietnamese across the globe. Unlike many other Vietnamese art organizations, DVAN is international in scope, which enables the Vietnamese American community in the Bay Area to know Vietnamese artists from different parts of the world. We accomplish this mission through the sponsorship of exhibits, symposiums, publications, festivals, readings, and other cultural/art events. DVAN was formally established in the winter of 2007 and received fiscal sponsorship from Intersection for the Arts (through its Incubator program) in February 2008.

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