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UK Premiere: Mai Khoi and The Dissidents (12A*) + ScreenTalk (via Skype)

Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2020

A woman singing into a microphone and playing a guitar

Ten years ago, singer Mai Khôi’s patriotic hit “Vietnam” launched her quickly to fame and fortune, encouraged and supported by the Communist party and state-run media who saw her as a new role model.

However, Khôi’s creeping unease with government censorship of her songs pushes her to release her controversial new album without their approval, resulting in a media and performance ban, constant surveillance, and threats of imprisonment.

Compared to Russian musician-activists Pussy Riot and dubbed “Vietnam’s Lady Gaga,” Khôi must now go to great lengths to disseminate her music as she fights to champion women’s rights, LGBT rights, and free speech.

Following the screening Mai Khôi (via Skype), and Lida Lakhdir (legal advisor, Asia Division, Human Rights Watch) join us for a ScreenTalk.

Vietnam/USA 2019 Dir Joe Piscatella 70 min


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