27th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Dark Light Voyage
Dark Light Voyage
Dark Light Voyage
Dark Light Voyage
Dark Light Voyage

Dark Light Voyage

director: Tin Dirdamal, Eva Cadena
original title: Dark Light Voyage
country: Mexico, Vietnam
year: 2021
running time: 66 min.


After a devastating discovery about the fate of a friend now confined to a mental institution, the director and his young daughter set out on a 1 700 kilometre long train journey from the north to the south of Vietnam, hoping to regain harmony and find answers to some questions along the way. His daughter’s inquisitive narrative exposes philosophical reflections on life’s journeys and the fate of people surviving in areas still suffering from the events of the Vietnam War. These are complemented by shots of everyday and highly stylized images. The film finds inspiration in Zen Buddhism and the belief of the Vietnamese Ruc tribe in a primordial fire that accompanies humanity.

„If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him.“


Tin Dirdamal (1982) is a Mexican documentary director and producer who studied physics and engineering. He is a Sundance, Documenta Madrid and Mexican Academy Award winner and a Rockefeller Media Artists Fellow. Dark Light Voyage is the film debut of his daughter Eva Cadena.

more about film

director: Tin Dirdamal, Eva Cadena
producer: Tin Dirdamal, Elena Fortes, Gerard F. Tierney, Gerald Herman
Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
Město Jihlava
Kraj Vysočina
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