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The Fourth Dimension
US, 2001, 87 minutes, Color, DVD
Order No. W02745
Acclaimed filmmaker Trinh T. Minh-ha ventures into the digital realm with her stunning new feature, THE FOURTH DIMENSION, an incisive and insightful examination of Japan through its art, culture, and social rituals. As is the case with Trinh's previous films, her new video is a multi-layered work addressing issues around its central theme: the experience of time, the impossibility of truly "seeing," and the impact of video on image-making.

THE FOURTH DIMENSION is an elegant meditation on time, travel, and ceremony in the form of a journey. In her first foray into digital video, Minh-ha deconstructs the role of ritual in mediating between the past and the present. She explains, "Shown in their widespread functions and manifestations, including more evident loci such as festivals, religious rite and theatrical performance, 'rituals' involve not only the regularity in the structure of everyday life, but also the dynamic agents in the world of meaning." With its lush imagery, Minh-ha's Japan is viewed through mobile frames, with doors and windows sliding shut, revealing new vistas as it blocks out the old light.

“Trinh T. Minh-ha’s newest essayistic work and her first videotape, cuts an intricate key for unlocking this elusive culture. Her tack finds great visual pleasure in the everyday, composing and decomposing the social landscape, while constructing a poetic grid of temporalities, symbolic meaning, and ritual. In THE FOURTH DIMENSION, Trinh’s lyrical narration guides us through ‘Japan’s likeness,’ the perfected framing of the sacramental familiar.” - Steve Seid


  • Vienna International Film Festival
  • Edinburgh International Film Festival
  • New York Asian American Int'l Film Festival
  • Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • New York Video Festival
  • Graz Biennale, Austria
  • London International Film Festival
  • Dig.It Digital Film Festival, Walker Art Center
  • Toronto Asian American Int'l Film Festivals
  • Festival International del Film Locarno, Switzerland
  • International Film Festival of New Film/Splitski Filmski Festival
  • Taiwan Women Make Waves Film & Video Festival
  • Seoul Net Festival
  • VOID Art Gallery, Ireland

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    "Reminiscent of Peter Greenaway...a mesmerizing mix of fluid images and poetic narration."
    John Petrakis
    Chicago Tribune

    "Striking visual compositions and juxtapositions, a stunning sound design and an incisive voiceover...[She] engages us in a profound and deeply satisfying dialogue with our own preconceptions and desires, and encourages new ways of seeing."
    Irina Leimbacher
    Release Print

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