2002, 35 minutes, Color, DVD, Vietnamese
Order No. W05866
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.
AWARDS, FESTIVALS, & SCREENINGS
- Slamdance Film Festival- Spirit of Slamdance Award
- Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema- Best Documentary
- Black Maria Film & Video Festival- Juror's Choice Award
- Rotterdam International Film Festival
- Locarno International Film Festival
- Vancouver International Film Festival
- Thessaloniki International Film Festival
- Mill Valley Film Festival
- Calgary International Film Festival
- Portland Institute of Contemporary Art
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"A treasure...A lyric travelogue."
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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