Nắng Bằng Phẳng | Flat Sunlight
Giang visits aunt Muoi for an extended stay and is introduced to life in the small Mekong delta village, backyard farming and the close relationship between human and animals—things that are not apparently visible to her in the city.
Giang visits her aunt Muoi in Tien Giang for the summer to give her mother personal space and time to sort things out.
The slow rhythm of countryside life, children's games, and close relationship within the neighborhood help Giang forget about her personal troubles and the hot Mekong sun. Seeing her 60-year-old aunt constantly busy with farm work, Giang decides to help out.
The film develops through Giang's perspective, weaving documentary footages with a fictional storyline. Through Giang and aunt Muoi's developing relationship we get a sense of the slow and drawn-out rhythm of life in the rural South of Vietnam, the close contact between human and animals, the switch from traditional methods to reliance on industrial feed, concerns surrounding food safety, and the perception and interests of a typical farming household in the Mekong Delta. The film also introduces a new angle into the relationship between human and animals, and the inseparable ties between life and death.
HD 16:9, 1080p30 – Color
Country of Production: Vietnam
Year of Production: 2016
Original language: Vietnamese, with English subtitle
Lêna Bùi was born in Danang, Vietnam, 1985. She spent part of her childhood in Thailand before completing secondary and high school in Saigon, Vietnam. She has a B.A in East Asian Studies from Wesleyan University, USA and since 2009 has moved back to live and work in Saigon as a full-time visual artist.
She is happy to tell stories using whatever medium available, from words, images, to sounds and space. She has exhibited in various museums and art spaces in Vietnam and abroad. Her experience with moving images started with video art works: Passage of the mass, 2014; The process of purifying, 2013; Where birds dance their last, two-channel installation, 2012.