b. 1973, Hanoi, Vietnam. Lives and works in Hanoi.

Nguyen Trinh Thi is an independent filmmaker and documentarian based in Hanoi, Vietnam. Her diverse practice has consistently investigated the role of memory in the necessary unveiling of hidden, displaced or misinterpreted histories, often making use of original documentary footage or undertaking extensive investigative field work.. Inspired by her heritage, her pieces are powerful and haunting, and focus on social and cultural issues in Vietnam. She founded the Hanoi Doclab, a center for documentary filmmaking and video art in Hanoi.

b. 1973, Hanoi, Vietnam. Lives and works in Hanoi, Vietnam.





2005     Master of Pacific International Affairs, University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Full-Merit Scholarship. Special interest: Ethnographic Film and Media Methods.

1999     Master’s Degree in Professional Journalism, University of Iowa, Iowa. Special interests: Photography and Visual Communications.

1994     Bachelor of Arts in Russian and English, Hanoi Foreign Studies College, Hanoi. Full-Merit Scholarship.



Screenings / Exhibitions


2012     Four Rising Talents From Southeast Asia, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong

Art In The Auditorium (Artist Film International): Season 4 Screening, Seescape Gallery, Chiang Mai, Thailand

             Screening, Bangkok Experimental Film Festival, Bangkok, Thailand

2011     Summer Exhibition, video installation, Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen

             Skylines without Flying People, Rory Gill Fine Art Gallery, London, UK

             Unsubtitled, screening, Corpo Plumhill Playhouse, Tokyo, Japan

             Screening, DMZ International Documentary Film Festival, Korea

2010     Unsubtitled, solo video installation, NhaSan Studio, Hanoi, Vietnam

PLUS/ Memories and Beyond – 10 Solo Exhibitions by 10 Asian Artists, Kuandu Biennale, Taipei, Taiwan

             No Soul For Sale 2, Tate Modern, London, UK

             The City in Art - Part 3, Goethe Institute, Hanoi, Vietnam

2009     The Making of the New Silk Roads, ArtHub, Bangkok, Thailand

             Lim Dim, Stenersen Museum, Oslo, Norway

             Time Ligaments, exhibition, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong

             Vietnamese International Film Festival (ViFF), California

             Yunnan Multi Culture Visual Festival, Kunming, China

2008     10+, a contemporary art exhibition at Nha San Studio, Hanoi, Vietnam

Strategies from Within: An Exhibition of Vietnamese and Cambodian Contemporary Art Practices, Ke Center for Contemporary Arts, Shanghai, China

In the course of our exchange, exhibition, Yunart Contemporary Art Gallery, Kunming, China

            Festival Costante Cambiamento, Florence, Italy

            Jean Rouch International Film Festival, Paris, France





“Jo Ha Kyu”: experimental film, 10 minutes, HD video, color (2012)

 “Rain, Poems, Toilet Paper”: documentary, 70 minutes, video, color (in production)

“Song to the Front”: experimental film, 5 minutes, B&W (2011) (#1 in project “Vietnamese Classics Re-Cut Series”)

“Unsubtitled”: video installation (various loops), HD video, color (2011)

“Chronicle of a Tape Recorded Over”: experimental documentary, 30 minutes, video, color (2011)

“Spring Comes Winter After”: experimental video, 4’30 loop, color (2009)

“93 Years, 1383 Days”: experimental documentary, 30 minutes, video, color (2008)

“Imagine the City”, “Terminal”, “24”, “Coming Going”: shorts (2008)

 “Love Man Love Woman”: documentary, 52 minutes, video, color (2007)

“A Chungking Road Opening”: documentary, 20 minutes, video, color (2005