Hanoi Doclab presents “Hanoi Eclipse: The Music of Dai Lam Linh”
Hanoi Eclipse: The Music of Dai Lam Linh (56 mins, 2010)
Director Barley Norton in attendance
(In Vietnamese and French with English subtitles)
Time: 18:30 August 10th 2012 Location: Big Halle – Goethe institut – 56/58 Nguyen Thai Hoc St. – Ba Dinh – Hanoi.
Hanoi Eclipse follows the challenges faced by the controversial Vietnamese band Dai Lam Linh. It shows how the band came together to create a unique form of popular music, which is both international in outlook and rooted in Vietnamese traditions and aesthetics. Followed by scandal at every turn for their experimental sound and their use of sexually explicit lyrics, the band has dared to flout taboos and fight for their creative freedom.
Dai Lam Linh was established by the male composer, Dai, an ex-soldier who fought in the Second Indochina War (known as the “Vietnam War”), and two female singers, Lam and Linh. The film explores how Dai overcame the trauma of war by writing songs to honour the memory of the war dead and how the singers Lam and Linh embarked on an inner journey to discovery their extraordinary voices.
Barley Norton is a senior lecturer in the music department at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he teaches courses on world music and ethnographic film. He is the author of the book Songs for the Spirits: Music and Mediums in Modern Vietnam (University of Illinois Press, 2009) and is the co-editor of a forthcoming book titled Music and Protest in 1968 (Cambridge University Press, 2013).
A small center for big ideas in documentary and experimental films and video art. Located in Hanoi at the Goethe institut, Doclab was created in 2009 to help cultivate a new generation of Vietnamese independent filmmakers and media artists while encouraging the development of a local audience.