Kim-Sanh Châu
Ray Lavers

Filmmakers

Extract from the short film Inner Smoke.

Durée : 11 minutes.

CINEMA PROGRAM
RETROSPECTIVE SHORT FILMS
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9TH 7:00PM
CINÉMA DU MUSÉE, MONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS

PAID ONLINE BROADCAST FROM SEPTEMBER 8

Inner Smoke

Kim-Sanh Châu

In Hoa Binh, a rural mountainous region in northern Vietnam, large swaths of white smoke can be seen daily. As of 5:00 p.m. every day, the area’s inhabitants light fires along the roads, in the fields and in backyards. Whether for cleansing purposes or to honour the dead, the tradition is pervasive and quickly acquires a haunting quality. Inner Smoke is a physical exploration of the process, inspired by ancestor worship. This film deals with the space left for renewal after one’s disappearance, while questioning what remains from the past, what cannot be seen and the ashes that are no longer noticed.

Biography

Kim-Sahn Châu is a Vietnamese-French contemporary dance artist based in Tio’tia:ke/Montréal. Her dance practice comprises choreographic installations and video-making; she is interested in the emergence of imaginary landscapes through the body, distilled from faraway dreams. Her creations have been presented at MAI, l’Arsenal, Tangente and several international festivals, including SIDance (Korea) and Krossing-Over (Vietnam). Châu is also artistic and general co-director at Studio 303 and an associated artist at Equivoc’.

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