Bà nội (grandma)

A film by Khoa Lê


Khoa Lê chronicles his trip to Vietnam, visiting his remote family for the end of the year festivities. Places and faces, both familiar and foreign, the said and the unsaid. Time has passed, miles too. With the colorful personality of the grandmother, portrait and self-portrait mingle with much humor and emotion. Little by little, the individual quest turns into a sensory experience, through a dreamlike mosaic of kinship, memory and identity.

2013 | vietnamese, english subtitles | 85 min


  • Script and directing : Khoa Lê
  • Direction of Photography : Mathieu Laverdière
  • Production Sound : Maxime Dumesnil
  • Art Direction : Geneviève Lizotte
  • Editing : Isabelle Darveau
  • Sound Design : Simon Gervais
  • Music : Gabriel Dharmoo & Marie-Hélène L. Delorme (Foxtrott)
  • Production : Karine Dubois (Picbois Productions)

Khoa Lê

Born in Vietnam, Khoa Lê lives and works in Montreal. A videographer, multidisciplinary artist and screenwriter, he has a bachelor’s degree in filmmaking from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and specialized training in film production from the Institut national de l’image et du son (INIS). He has several films to his credit, and collaborates in performance projects. Lê explores themes of identity, hybridization and memory through different cinematographic genres.

Karine Dubois

Producer and founder of Picbois Productions, Karine Dubois produces documentaries for broadcast, television as well as for the web. Her projects are known for their sensitive approach, as well as their visual quality. Her productions (Bà nội | 2013, The Last Cabaret | 2012, The Sound of Words | 2011, Un trou dans le temps | 2008) have earned her many prizes in Canada and internationally.


Montreal - Cinéma Excentris

Starts January 31, 2014

Montreal - Cinéma du Parc

6 février 2014 - 7 PM
OV with English Subtitles

Quebec City - Le Clap

January 31 to February 5, 2014

Rimouski - Paraoeil

February 18, 2014 - 7:30 PM

Rivière-du-loup - Cinedit

March 25, 2014 - Director will be attending

Amos - Cinéma Amos

March 25, 2014

Saint-Jean-de-Matha - Ciné Blabla

April 30, 2014




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