Specifics
USA [1983] - 40m
Genre
Documentary
Directed by
T. Minh-ha Trinh
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
Reassemblage: From the Firelight to the Screen poster

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October 19, 2020

1.5*/5.0*

Part documentary, part reflection, part experimental feature. That sounds a lot more interesting that the resulting film turned out to be. Director Trinh T. Minh-ha spent three years following a small tribe in rural Senegal collecting the footage, back home she turned it into the film we can see today.

The footage Minh-ha brought home is pretty basic, especially considering she had such a long time there. If you've seen docs about African communities before, there's little here to pique your interest. People living in poor conditions, going about their daily lives, while Minh-ha registers without intervening too much.

The voice over doesn't really add a lot either, unless you can really connect with the subjects Minh-ha talks about. The sound editing is what makes this film a little different, with strange repetitions and a very unique flow, though even there I have to say the effect isn't all that impressive. At least it was short.