Dreaming/Remembering: Conversations on Film Archives

Dreaming/Remembering: Conversations on Film Archives

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Sun 19 Aug 2018, 7 pm
Six Space
6th floor, 94B Tran Hung Dao, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

From the organizer:

Come to join DREAMING / REMEMBERING, a double bill of talks exploring the world of film archives. Considering examples from Vietnam and the UK throughout the years and featuring excerpts from moving-image works that interact with found and archival materials, the event makes a case for the pivotal role of visual archives in the shaping of collective and personal identity alike, and as signposts for time passed and times still to come.

DREAMING/REMEMBERING marks the launch of FAMLAB (Film, Archive and Music Lab) strand of Heritage of Future Past, a British Council in Vietnam project that engages with Vietnam’s music and film heritage, especially those currently under-threat or under-represented. Centering around existing archives in the country, a programme of film events and workshops is currently being planned for later in the year, aiming to benefit the Vietnamese film community via both artistic and practical pathways.


“Artists have used film as a medium for their work since it was invented and they’ve made cinema itself a subject of their work. They’ve also appropriated and played with the material of cinema itself, and this talk looks at what they’ve done with it. Illustrated with lots of clips, it will consider the range of different approaches and intentions, and look at how access to the material has changed with technology.” (Gary Thomas)

Gary’s background is in artists’ film and animation, and alongside his British Council job he works as a creative producer and curator. He is co-founder and director of Animate Projects, which works at the intersection of film, animation and art. Animate co-commissions include Unfolding the Aryan Papers by Jane and Louise Wilson (with BFI Southbank and The Stanley Kubrick Archives) and Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s A Letter to Uncle Boonmee (winner of the Grand Prize at Oberhausen).


In this talk, making use of anecdotes and excerpts on Vietnam’s cinema classics both heralded and fallen through time’s cracks, independent filmmaker Do Van Hoang sheds light on the pursuit of film restoration – a crucial taking often not given adequate attention to.

“Restoring: giving a name to the void, voicing the silence, rediscovering contexts, unearthing imprints” (Do Van Hoang)

Do Van Hoang (1987) graduated from the University of Theatre and Cinema in Hanoi. Some of his works include: Underneath It All (documentary, 17m), At Water’s Edge (documentary, 17m), A Film on Sofa (short film, 17m), A Silent Shout (short film, 20m), False Brillante (short film, 22m), Drowning Dew (collaboration work with Art Labor Collective and Truong Que Chi). Hoang’s films have been shown at Hanoi Docfest, Yamagata Film Festival, EXPERIMENTA at BFI London Film Festival, Centre Pompidou (Paris), Times Museum (Guangzhou), and Playtime Festival (Ho Chi Minh City).


Heritage of Future Past is a two-year project delivered through the British Council’s Culture and Development initiative. Engaging with Vietnam’s music and film heritage, especially those currently under-threat or under-represented, the project consists of two interconnected strands: community-level activities, and FAMLAB (Film, Archive and Music Lab). Launched in April 2018, the project seeks to create opportunities for communities across the country to contribute to – and benefit from – the safeguarding and reinvigoration of their cultural heritage.

Project activities are focused on research, documentation, conservation, training and capacity building (including oral teaching techniques), experimentation and innovation, advocacy and education (including policy and community dialogues), and the re-imagination and revitalisation of cultural heritage via contemporary practices.

In Vietnamese and English, with translation

Free entry, no registration required

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Six Space
6th floor, 94B Tran Hung Dao, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi


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