October 24, 2004
with Special Guest, Director/Screenwriter Dang Nhat Minh*

and panelists Charles Musser (Chair Yale Film Studies), Megan Sinnott (Visiting Lecturer, Larry Kramer Initiative for Lesbian and Gay Studies, Women's Gender Studies)
and Vy Vu (Co-Director, Yale Vietnamese Student Association -ViSA)

Sponsored by the Council on Southeast Asia Studies, Yale University

Bao Gio Cho Den Thang Muoi
(When the Tenth Month Comes)

Considered one of Dang Nhat Minh's masterpieces, this slightly subdued melodrama revolves around a woman and her son in a Vietnamese village.  The title refers to the month in which the Day of Forgiveness occurs; a time when it is said that departed souls may visit loved ones still living.  Traveling to town to discover why her husband has not returned from the war, the protagonist Duyen learns that he has been killed in the line of duty.  Unable to break the news to her family, she convinces the local schoolteacher to forge letters from her departed husband.  Complications arise as the schoolteacher develops feelings for her.  When her son runs away, the soldiers who pick him up reveal Duyan's secret to him.  With the air cleared. the family is free to move on with life.  
1984, Vietnam - 95 Minutes.  Directed by Dang Nhat Minh.  In Vietnamese with English subtitles

*Dang Nhat Minh, one of Vietnam's most important filmmakers, was born in 1938 in the old capital of Hue, and began making documentaries around 1965.  He is the first Vietnamese to be awarded  the Nikkei Asia Prize (in 1999), prestigious  in Japan and the world.  He has won three Gold Lotus, four Silver Lotus and many individual prizes at national film festivals.  In 2001, he was invited by Phillip Noyce to join him as a second director in The Quiet American.  Dang Nhat Minh has made nearly 20 films, both documentary and fiction.  He is the former General Secretary of the Vietnam Cinema Association.

"For Dang Nhat Minh's filmmaking, the starting point is to capture the lives
of ordinary people. Many of the works revolve around a wartime tragedy or love story, bringing into sharp focus the contradictions and problems in society from the perspective of the poor and underprivileged.  The movies by Minh do not espouse the propaganda often found in the art of socialist countries. Rather, they display a warmth for ordinary people and an awareness and understanding of their problems. His films enjoy an international reputation for high artistic quality and keen social observation." -Takeshi Kaneyoshi, Nikkei-Net Interactive.

For additional information on Dang Nhat Minh, click  links below:

"Filmmaker Gives Voice..." -NikkeiNet Interactive
"Season of Guavas,"  FilmFestivals.com

Sunday, October 24, 2004
7:30 P.M.
Luce Hall Auditorium
34 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven, CT
contact seas@yale.edu for information
or call 203-432-3431