On March 2 at noon, Melanie Ho presents sống ở đây. Ho is a producer-director for the Southern Documentary Project whose work deals with trauma, familial relationships, gender, displacement, and intimacy. During her SouthTalk, Ho will screen her documentary film, sống ở đây, followed by a Q&A.
Exploring the “intimacy of the mundane,” sống ở đây focuses on the lives of Vietnamese shrimpers and elderly farmers in New Orleans, Louisiana, to underscore the reverberations of the past in day-to-day labor of the present. Ho is also working to complete mẹ con, a short documentary about a Vietnamese woman, the memories of her mother, and the plants she grows.
The project is supported by a Sauce Fellowship for emerging Asian American filmmakers, presented by the Center for Asian American Media and the New Orleans Video Access Center.
A Florida native, Ho earned her M.F.A. from the social documentation program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and much of her work centers around underrepresented voices and stories in the South.
SouthTalks is a series of events (including lectures, performances, film screenings, and panel discussions) that explores the interdisciplinary nature of Southern Studies. This series is free and open to the public, and typically takes place in the Tupelo Room of Barnard Observatory. However, as a result of the ongoing health crisis, some events will be virtual, free, and accessible on the Center’s YouTube channel after each live event. Visit the Center’s website at southernstudies.olemiss.edu for more details. Locations listed here are subject to change, and more events may be added throughout the semester. Registration will be required for all virtual events in order to receive the webinar link.