Director: Mai Huyền Chi (Chi Mai)
Mai Huyền Chi (Chi Mai) is a Vietnamese writer-filmmaker. She earned a masters in screenwriting at the London Film School in 2015 after ten years of working as a freelance copywriter and journalist. Since her graduation, she has worked as a screenwriter on three feature films: “A Brixton Tale” (2021, UK, Nominee, Best Narrative Feature, Slamdance Film Festival), My Mr. Wife (2018, Best Pictures, Golden Kite Film Festival), and The Girl from Daklak (2021).
Her directorial debut was the short documentary “Down the Stream,” a finalist of Vimeo’s Best of the Year 2015. Following this, she has been developing “the River Knows Our Names,” her directorial feature-length fiction debut, bringing to the screen the lives of the stateless community on the Mekong River near the Cambodia-Vietnam border. The project won Udine Focus Asia Award at Hongkong’s Asia Film Financing Forum and traveled to co-production markets, competitions, workshops, and labs at festivals including Far East (Italy), Locarno (Switzerland), Bangkok ASEAN, and Singapore International Film Festivals. The production is set for 2023.
Besides her own projects, Chi regularly collaborates with artists of different disciplines in Vietnam and abroad, producing dance films, video installations, improvisational drawings, and performative/ video installations. In her projects, Chi investigates the themes of identities, intimacy, the creation and derivation of meaning, and questions dominant narratives. Her work in this category has been shown in group showcases and exhibitions at Arabesque’s Open Stage (2020), CABCON 2020 (2020), and Heritage Space (2020 and 2021).