Award-winning documentary about Vietnamese transgender lady to display in Vietnam

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Award-winning documentary about Vietnamese transgender lady to display in Vietnam

Discovering Phong tells the compelling story of Vietnamese lady born as a boy looking for herself via organic transformation.

The documentary is a collaboration betwen Tran Phuong Thao, a Vietnamese unbiased director and producer and Swann Dubus, a French cinematographer and movie director based mostly in Vietnam.

The movie is about Phong – a younger man born in Quang Ngai metropolis in central Vietnam, who goes to Hanoi and turns into a design artist on the Thang Lengthy Puppet Theater. Since a baby he has felt that he’s a girl trapped in a person’s physique, and it’s only within the capital metropolis that he discovers there are others like him. Phong is torn between secret needs to be who he actually is and guilt related to that id when it comes to his household and society at massive.

A few years later, his good friend from the U.S., Gerry advises him to go to Thailand for a intercourse reassignment surgical procedure. Whereas on this international nation, Phong is shocked to witness a very completely different dynamic within the transgender group.

Thailand transgenders are utterly content material with themselves and dwell in concord with the folks round them. But lots of them have their share of difficult points of their non-public lives, hidden away from the bare eye. Upon returning to Vietnam, Phong continues to face challenges from his household, society and his newly acquired physique.

The documentary poster. Photo courtesy of IMDb
The documentary poster. Picture courtesy of IMDb

Along with administrators’ on-the-scene filming, the documentary additionally has many scenes recorded by Phong himself. The non-public scenes embody monologues, on a regular basis actions of the character, and the way others behave round Phong and to his new organic id. The administrators stated that they wished to get scenes that can’t be captured by cameramen via conventional taking pictures.

Sharing their ideas with VnExpress, the 2 administrators stated: Transgender folks in Vietnam are victims of prejudices that render them marginalized. Some make it to success as singers and fashions, whereas the vast majority of them are newbie performers at public gala’s or promote their our bodies for intercourse. Social discrimination rips them off alternatives to work at different industries. Transgenders’ sexual identities are sometimes what society chooses to see them. Nevertheless, altering one’s intercourse is basically a query of gender id. Transgender folks care about who they’re once they stand in entrance their family members.

By portraying the psychological impacts of a transgender particular person all through the whole, prolonged technique of self-discovery, the filmmakers hope the viewers can get insights into the issues that face such folks and see a transgender particular person as a whole citizen moderately than deviants to be marginalized.

The documentary, accomplished in 2014, has gained a number of, together with the 2015 Grand Prix on the Jean Rouch Worldwide Movie Competition in Paris, and the 2016 Viet Movie Fest in Los Angeles (U.S.). The 92-minute movie additionally introduced residence the “Finest Image” award on the 2016 LGBT Worldwide Movie Competition in Greece.

HCMC residents will get to look at this internationally acclaimed documentary on October 2.