Mai Khoi & The Dissidents

Joe Piscatella

United States 2019, 70 min.

Documentary

Spoken language: English, Vietnamese

Dutch premiere

Mai Khoi is one of Vietnam’s biggest pop stars – and then she starts speaking her mind. While the authorities try to silence her, her activism reaches a worldwide audience. During the recording of her political album Dissent, she feels she may not be safe in Vietnam anymore.

As the daughter of a music teacher, Mai Khoi’s life was filled with music from birth. She became hugely popular with her breakthrough-song ‘Vietnam’, about the beauty of her home country. But more and more, Mai Khoi uses her position of stardom to speak out about a range of social issues such as women’s rights, LGBT rights and freedom of speech. Soon, the police start raiding her concerts, and the government bans her from performing.

Director Joe Piscatella (Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower) follows Mai Khoi during the recording of her album Dissent which, she says, ‘I know will make the government angry’. As her political activism heightens her international profile, she makes plans to leave the country before the album is released.

Mai Khoi & The Dissidents has been selected for the Activist competition and will be screened at Movies that Matter Festival 2020, where Mai Khôi will be present as a special guest. 

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Talkshows & debates

Mai Khoi & The Dissidents: Introduction by a human rights and surveillance expert

Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 19:15

Before the film screening an expert on surveillance, censorship and human rights will give a brief introduction.

Mai Khoi & The Dissidents: Q&A with activist Mai Khôi and protagonist Ben Swanton

Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 19:15

Nicole Sprokel (Amnesty International Netherlands) talks with activist Mai Khôi and protagonist Ben Swanton about censorship in Vietnam.

Mai Khoi & The Dissidents: Q&A with activist Mai Khôi and protagonist Ben Swanton

Sunday, March 22, 2020 - 20:30

Performance by activist Mai Khôi followed by a Q&A with Mai Khôi and protagonist Ben Swanton moderated by Bahram Sadeghi.

Mai Khoi & The Dissidents: Q&A with activist Mai Khôi and protagonist Ben Swanton

Monday, March 23, 2020 - 17:00

Tim van Deursen (Hack the Planet) talks with activist Mai Khôi and protagonist Ben Swanton about the strict (internet)censorship in Vietnam.

Activist Night 2020

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 20:00

During the Activist Night the human rights defenders from the Activist programme are in the spotlight during this festive evening.