This Whimsical Sci-Fi Film Will Make You Love Trains Again

Night Passage will be screened for free at Bellas Artes.


( When was the last time you went on a long trip aboard a train? Probably this morning when you rode the godforsaken MRT to get to work, right? Director Trinh T. Minh-ha tries to change your mind about traveling on a train through her beautifully made experimental feature titled Night Passage (2004). It will be shown for free at Bellas Artes Outpost in Makati City on October 7 at 7 p.m.





Night Passage is an homage to the 1934 Japanese fantasy novel titled Night on the Galactic Railroad (a.k.a. Milky Way Railroad) by Kenji Miyazawa. The movie tells the story of three friends traveling on a train between life and death. The characters go in and out of dream-like states, beautifully rendered through whimsical and surreal scenes created by artist Jean Paul Bourdier. Night Passage was previously screened in various festivals around the world including the Senef Film Festival in Seoul, Shanghai Art Biennale, Busan Art Biennale, New York Asian American International Film Festival, and others.


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Trinh T. Minh-ha, a Vietnamese-American filmmaker and feminist theorist, is currently teaching as Visiting Professor at the Institute for Gender Studies at Ochanomizu University, Tokyo. Her filmography includes Surname Viet Given Name Nam (1989) and A Tale of Love (1995), and she's written books like Framer Framed (1992) and When the Moon Waxes Red (1991).


Night Passage by Trinh T. Minh-ha will be shown on October 7, 7 p.m. at Bellas Artes Outpost, 2/F Building C Karrivin Plaza, 2316 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City. For more information, visit Bellas Artes' website.


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