Friday, October 22nd, 2021 Poetic Visions: Focus on Le Bao

Friday, October 22, 20218:00AM - 9:30AMOnline Event, Online Event


‘Poetic Visions: Focus on Le Bao’ is an online film webinar highlighting the earlier works of Vietnamese filmmaker Le Bao’s short films, ‘Coal’ and ‘Scent.’ Join us as the dialogue uncovers Le Bao’s interest and ideals pertaining to cinema, the gritty realities and emotional nuances of his films.
The webinar will be in conversation with Le Bao and Thy Phu, Professor of Media Studies at the University of Toronto, Scarborough, with English – Vietnamese interpretation. The session will be moderated by Leong Puiyee, Senior Manager and film programmer at Objectifs.


Confined in a small space, a father struggles with his drug addiction while his son tries hard to take care of him. Feeling distressed, the son decides to sell their pigs to earn some money in order to send his father to rehab. However the father tries to hinder the son and the pigs start to escape.

Two homeless and pregnant girls adrift in life and in a canal, meet. When one disappears, what’s left is the memory of the emotional ties they have formed, and the brief scent of the other.

The event is co-hosted by the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Minnesota and Objectifs and supported by the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies at the Asian Institute, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto.

Le Bao’s films will be made available to watch for free on the Objectifs Film Library from OCT 4 to OCT 24, 11:59pm. You will receive the screening links upon registration.

PLEASE NOTE: This event does not include a live screening of the two short films; attendees are encouraged to watch them prior to the webinar.

‘Taste,’ Le Bao’s first feature will be screening at the Asian Film Archive from October 23 – November 5, 2021. For more details, visit


Le Bao

Thy Phu
Professor of Media Studies, Department of Arts, Culture, and Media, University of Toronto, Scarborough

Leong Puiyee
Senior Manager and film programmer at Objectifs

Duong Dieu Linh
Interpreter from Vietnamese to Enlgish for Le Bao

Main Sponsor

Asian Institute


Centre for Southeast Asian Studies

Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Minnesota


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