Dinh Q. Lê, born in 1963 in Ha-Tien, Vietnam. After his hometown was invaded by Khmer Rouge in 1979, he fled and moved to the USA where he studied at the Photography School of Visual Arts, New York and at the University of California, Santa Barbara, CA. Exhibitions and festivals included a.o. the New Museum New York; Venice Biennale, 2003, ZKM Karlsruhe; Singapore Biennale, 2008 and the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, 2009.
From Father To Son: A Rite of Passage
(VNM 2009, 10 Min. 15 Sek.)
From Father to Son: A Rite of Passage deconstructs and juxtaposes the performances of actors Martin Sheen and Charlie Sheen as soldiers from Vietnam War movies \”Platoon\” and \”Apocalypse Now\”, filmed 7 years apart. Footage spliced together of both films unites father and son as actors to continually replay the trauma and futility of the Vietnam War, giving insight into the legacy and omnipresence of the war in the mind of the artist\’s generation as well as exploring the father son relationship.