How to Improve the World

  • 47'
  • Vietnam
  • 2021

How to Improve the World is a film about sound; about ear culture that is gradually losing out to eye culture due to globalisation. In an indigenous society in Vietnam’s central highlands, a singer and storyteller speaks about listening, revealing how memory, history, and hearing are deeply intertwined in this community.

Filmmaker Nguyen Trinh Thi interlards this long interview with images of the social and cultural life, recorded music, and incidental references to the influence of Western culture on the younger generations, who are primarily visually oriented. The film that subtly draws connections between loss of land, forest, religion, way of life, and cultural heritage is balanced by Nguyen’s emphasis on the richness of sound, thereby demonstrating that what you see is just half the story.

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Available on Festival Scope Pro from 26 January 9:00 CET to 14 February 9:00 CET



Director
Nguyen Trinh Thi
Country of production
Vietnam
Year
2021
Festival Edition
P&I Selection 2022
Length
47'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Cải tiến thế giới
Languages
Vietnamese, English
Producer
Nguyen Trinh Thi
Sales
Nguyen Trinh Thi
Cinematography
Jamie Maxtone-Graham, Ta Minh Duc
Editor
Nguyen Trinh Thi
Sound Design
Nguyen Trinh Thi