28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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director: Lenka Tam Nguyen
original title: Củ cà rốt
country: Czech Republic, Vietnam
year: 2023
running time: 2 min.


The carrot rhyme that is the focus of the video belongs to the genre of đồng dao, traditional Vietnamese oral folk poetry for children. The preservation of rhyme and rhythm is more important to her than semantic continuity and comprehensibility. The author underlines the leaps and detours in content using animated collages, which she created using photos from the family archive, in which Czech and Vietnamese realities connect with a similar ease.

“The saying about the carrot is very close to me because it reminds me of my childhood and my mother when she was teaching me to speak. I don't remember exactly when I learned the rhyme, but I still remember it, even if I don't remember all of it. In the same way, my mother, who once taught me the nursery rhyme herself, only remembers the first four sentences. The voice in the recording belongs to my two-year-old nephew.” – Lenka Tam Nguyen


Lenka Tam Nguyen was born in Thai Binh, Vietnam and grew up in Tanvald, Czech Republic. She studies at the Digital Media Studio at the Faculty of Art and Design at the Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem, and completed an internship at the Universidade da Madeira in Portugal. IDFF Ji.hlava discovered her thanks to her short film We Were Born and Raised (2022).

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producer: Michaela Thelenová, Lenka Tam Nguyen
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