Compared to Russian musician-activists Pussy Riot and dubbed “Vietnam’s Lady Gaga,” Khôi must go to great lengths to disseminate her music as she fights to champion women’s rights, LGBT rights, and free speech.
Ten years ago, pop singer Mai Khôi’s patriotic hit song “Vietnam” launched her quickly to fame and fortune, encouraged and supported by the Communist party and state-run media who saw her as a promising new role model. When Khôi’s creeping unease with government censorship of her songs pushes her to release her controversial new album without their approval, it results in a media and performance ban, constant surveillance, and threats of imprisonment. Compared to Russian musician-activists Pussy Riot and dubbed “Vietnam’s Lady Gaga,” Khôi must now go to great lengths to disseminate her music as she fights to champion women’s rights, LGBT rights, and free speech.
Online Screening of Mai Khoi & the Dissidents presented in partnership with SIMA Studios.
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"You can sometimes figure out how important artists are to a society by the reaction they get from authoritarian leaders. Vietnamese leadership has always been extremely nervous about artists speaking their minds because they think it's going to be an organising principle for other people to come out and speak their minds.”
- Brad Adams, Executive Director, Asia Division, Human Rights Watch