Heaven’s Crossroad

A film by Kimi Takesue

2002 | 35 minutes | Color | DVD | Vietnamese | Order No. 05866


HEAVEN'S CROSSROAD traces an impressionistic journey through Vietnam exploring the nuances and complexities of “looking” cross-culturally. Structured in a series of observational yet stylized vignettes, this visually driven experimental documentary investigates shifting relationships of voyeurism and intimacy, while linking the observer with the observed. Takesue’s mesmerizing cinematography captures sweeping country landscapes and cities in motion, provoking questions about what it means to truly see another culture.

HEAVEN'S CROSSROAD charts a singular journey yet it also explores common desires which surface through travel: the desire to be transported to another place; to communicate beyond language; the desire to arrest time and repossess a moment, a glance, a feeling, an encounter—transforming mundane events into moments of surprising beauty and an utterly new way of seeing.


"A treasure...A lyric travelogue."

Nathan Lee New York Sun

"An extended mediation on the nature of sight...recalls nothing so much as the travel diary of a master poet."

Peter X. Feng, Ph.D. University of Delaware

"Delivers a beautiful panoply of people, places, colors, languages and sounds from contemporary nothern Vietnam...would serve well in courses in anthropology, film studies, Southeast Asian studies and other fields moving beyond the older conceits of cross-cultural communication."

Glen Mimura, Asian American Studies University of CA, Irvine

"A visual and sensory feast of contrasts, of movement and stillness, travelling and homecoming...a journey to Vietnam like no other."

Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Women's Studies Syracuse University


  • Vancouver International Film Festival
  • Mill Valley Film Festival
  • Rotterdam International Film Festival
  • Thessaloniki International Film Festival
  • Slamdance Film Festival- Spirit of Slamdance Award
  • Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema- Best Documentary
  • Black Maria Film & Video Festival- Juror's Choice Award
  • Locarno International Film Festival
  • Calgary International Film Festival
  • Portland Institute of Contemporary Art


Kimi Takesue

Kimi Takesue is an award-winning filmmaker and recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship in Film. In 2018, she received a highly-competitive national Breakthrough Award and fellowship from Chicken and Egg Pictures. Other honors include a Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship, two fellowships from NYFA, a Kodak Cinematography Fellowship, and grants from Catapult, ITVS, NYSCA, and the Arts Council of England. She is a six-time fellow at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony.

Takesue's documentary 95 AND 6 TO GO was nominated for the prestigious 2017 European Doc Alliance Award. The film screened at over twenty-five international festivals including CPH:DOX, Dok Leipzig, DOC NYC, Doclisboa, BAFICI-Buenos Aires International Festival of Cinema, and Krakow Film Festival. The film garnered Special Jury Prizes for Best Documentary at Indie Memphis and the Los Angeles Asian International Film Festival.

Takesue's acclaimed documentary WHERE ARE YOU TAKING ME? was commissioned by the Rotterdam Film Festival and premiered at the festival, followed by screenings at MoMA-Doc Fortnight and the LA Film Festival. The film was theatrically released by Icarus Films and was a Critics Pick by Time Out-NYC and LA Weekly. Takesue's films have screened at more than two hundred festivals/museums internationally including Sundance, Locarno, New Directors/New Films, SXSW, and the Museum of Modern Art-NYC and have aired on PBS, IFC, Comcast, and the Sundance Channel. Her films have received positive reviews from The New York Times, Variety, Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor and The Nation. Takesue's films are distributed by Women Make Movies, New Day Films, and Icarus. (7/19)


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