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Naked Spaces
Living is Round
Produced by Jean-Paul Bourdier
Directed by Trinh T. Minh-ha
1985, 135 minutes, Color, 16mm/DVD
Order No. W99376
Shot with stunning elegance and clarity, NAKED SPACES explores the rhythm and ritual of life in the rural environments of six West African countries (Mauritania, Mali, Burkino Faso, Togo, Benin and Senegal). The nonlinear structure of NAKED SPACES challenges the traditions of ethnographic filmmaking, while sensuous sights and sounds lead the viewer on a poetic journey to the most inaccessible parts of the African continent: the private interaction of people in their living spaces.


  • Vancouver Film Festival
  • American Film Festival, Blue Ribbon
  • Athens Film Festival, Gold Athena
  • Whitney Museum of Art, Biennial Exhibition
  • Toronto Festival of Festivals
  • Edinburgh Film Festival
  • Great Basin Film Society

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    “Trinh’s images are as unpretentious as home movies…there are times in Naked Spaces when representation decom-poses into isolated details and pure sensation. More than a mosaic of impressions however, the film is nonlinear, de-centered, and deliberately unsettling.”
    J. Hoberman
    Village Voice

    “A narrative full of poetic pronouncements mourns the loss of traditions and argues that the word primitive is misapplied to tribal life.”
    Karen Jaehne

    “Breathtaking in their tactile beauty, the images seem to be edited in an almost intuitively associational process... the silences which punctuate the sound track are like another voice inviting us simply to look and look again.”
    Kay Armatage
    Toronto Festival of Festivals

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