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.
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. Director Joe Piscatella 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.
In 2016 she ran for a seat in Vietnam’s National Assembly as an independent candidate, but was ultimately left off the ballot. Shortly after that, one of her shows was raided by the police and she was effectively banned from performing in public. And it hasn’t stopped there: ‘They have called my parents in for questioning […], asked my landlord to kick me out of my house, refused my permit to live in Hanoi, and put me under constant surveillance.’ In March 2018 she was detained at the airport after returning from a European tour.
This screening is part of Movies That Matter On Tour. Movies That Matter is a non-profit foundation that aims to open eyes to human rights, using film to stir debate. The films are screened in combination with discussions, introductions and a Q&A session.
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