Trinh Minh-ha


Gender and Women's Studies

PhD, Illinois


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Research Interests

Postcolonial Theory
Film Theory and (De)Aesthetics
French cinema, Third cinema, Avant-Garde cinema
Documentary, Ideology and Film, Film and video production
Feminist theory
Social, Art and Literary theory
Continental Philosophy, 
Eastern Philosophy
Music composition, Ethnomusicology, Cultural Anthropology
Visual Culture,
 Cultural Politics,
 African Studies

Born in Vietnam, Trinh T. Minh-ha is a filmmaker, writer and music composer. Her works include: eight films • Forgetting Vietnam (90 mins, 2015) • Night Passage (98mins narrative, 2004) • The Fourth Dimension (87 min Digital Video, 2001), • A Tale of Love (108 mins, 1995), an experimental narrative, •Shoot for the Contents (102 mins, 1991), a film on culture, art and politics in China, •Surname Viet Given Name Nam (108 mins, 1989), a film on identity and culture through the struggle of Vietnamese women, •Naked Spaces - Living is Round (135 mins, 1985), and •Reassemblage (40 mins, 1982); twelve … read more


See CV below for more details on creative works and publications.



“Où le réel affleure/Where Does the Real Comes In?” in Qu’est-ce que le réel? Des cinéastes prennent position/ What Is Real? Filmmakers Weigh In, ed. Andrea Picard, Post-éditions, Cinéma du Réel, Paris, 2018.

“The Image, The Blank Page and The Void,” in Japanese, trans. Fukuko Kobayashi, Gendai Shi Techo (Journal of Contemporary Poetry, Tokyo), Vol 5, 2017. 108-115.

“March Eleven: ‘What If…’,” Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas, Vol 2, 2016. 353-358.

“Olho mecânico, ouvido electrônico, e a atraçao da autenticidade,” (“Mechanical Eye,, Electronic Ear, and the Lure of Authenticity,” trans. into Portuguese), in A Imagem na Experiencia Etnografia, ed. Sylvia Caiuby Novaes et al. Sao Paolo, Brazil : Terceiro Nome, 2016. 29-35.

 “The Image and The Void,” The Journal of Visual Culture, Vol 15 (1), 2016. 131-140.


Narar la Guerra a través de la forma. Entrevista a Trinh Minh-ha”A. Amado & M Szurmuk, Mora, Vol.23 No.1 Ciudad Atonoma de Buenos Aires, July 2017. 127-140

“Trinh T. Minh-ha with Benjamin Schultz-Figueroa and Patrica Alvarez,”The Brooklyn Rail. Critical Perspective of Arts, Politics and Culture, Oct 4, 2016


Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts, CCA California College of Arts, 2007
Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts, Oberlin College, 1990.
Toban Faculty Fellowship, UC Berkeley Arts & Humanities, Mellon Foundation & Toban Family, 2016.                             
Wild Dreamer Lifetime Achievement Award, Subversive Festival, Zagreb, Croatia, 2014.
Women's Caucus for Art Lifetime Achievement Award, 2012.
Critics Choice Book Award of the American Educational Studies Association (AESA) for the book Elsewhere Within Here, 2012.
Trailblazers Award, MIPDOC, Cannes International Documentary Film Event, France, 2006
CAA, Annual Achievement Award from the Committee on Women in the Arts, College Art Association, 2006.
Maya Deren National Independent Filmmaker Award , American Film Iinstitute, 1991
Jury's Best Cinematography Award , Sundance Film Festival, 1992 (for the film Shoot for the Contents)
Best Experimental Feature Documentary, Athens International Film Festival. 1992