Still image from project footage. Image by Jamie Maxtone-Graham

After the Silent Tiger: Shooting the Indigenous Sound in Central Highlands is a hybrid film by Vietnamese moving-image artist Nguyen Trinh Thi, reworking – and decontextualising/decolonising – a 1930s Hollywood production shot in the Central Highlands of Vietnam (Kilou the Killer) with native non-actors, through ‘remixing’ the original footage, bringing in newly-filmed modern-day footage as well as commissioning a new soundtrack to be written and performed by Jrai master musicians, enabling the indigenous communities to use their own sounds and story-telling to narrate their history and reality.

The project is expected to wrap in June 2020 – planned events including the film premieres in Gia Lai and other Vietnamese/international cities, with the performance of the new soundtrack.