Light and Belief: Voices and Sketches of Life from the Vietnam War
Directed by Dinh Q. Lê. Vietnam 2012. Vietnamese with English subtitles. 36 min.
Light and Belief: Voices and Sketches of Life from the Vietnam War uncovers an obscure history of the Vietnam War when Northern Vietnamese artists responded passionately to Hồ Chi Minh’s call to “fight on the battlefield of cultural ideology.” Eleven former artist-soldiers reveal their reasons for joining the conflict as artists, recounting their experiences with honesty and deep introspection. Brief animations of the artists and their work give their recollections a story-like quality that blurs the boundaries between fact and fiction, and between individual and collective memory.
The film will be followed by a conversation with artist Dinh Q. Lê.
California College of the Arts
Timken Auditorium, Main Building, SF Campus
111 Eighth St, San Francisco, CA 94107