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Co-produced by Jean-Paul Bourdier
Directed by Trinh T. Minh-ha
1982, 40 minutes, Color, 16mm/DVD
Order No. W99375
Women are the focus but not the object of Trinh T. Minh-ha’s influential first film, a complex visual study of the women of rural Senegal. Through a complicity of interaction between film and spectator, REASSEMBLAGE reflects on documentary filmmaking and the ethnographic representation of cultures.

“With uncanny eloquence, REASSEMBLAGE distills sounds and images of Senegalese villagers and their surroundings to reconsider the premises and methods of ethnographic filmmaking. By disjunctive editing and a probing narration this ‘documentary’ strikingly counterpoints the authoritative stance typical of the National Geographic approach.” — Laura Thielan


  • New York Film Festival
  • Mostra Internacional de Films de Dones de Barcelona Mostra Internacional de Films de Dones de Barcelona Mostra Internacional de Films de Dones de Barcelona

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    “Superbly crafted and visually exquisite, Reassemblage is also a work of film criticism—one that plays with the qualities of film itself. In its form and content, it critiques both western science and documentary traditions.”
    Pat Aufderheide
    Village Voice

    “A highly innovative work, provoking continual questions.”
    Daryl Chin

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