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Mai Huyền Chi is a Vietnamese writer-director from Vietnam. Through her film and art endeavors, she focuses on re-imagining historical narratives and giving spaces and time for marginalized voices.

Chi's creative work encompasses both non-fiction and fiction genres. Her debut short documentary, "Down The Stream," was a finalist for Vimeo's Best of the Year in 2015. Exploring the theme of statelessness further, she produced the medium-length documentary "My Name Is," the hybrid short film "Lua," and is currently working on the feature film "The River Knows Our Names." This feature has gained international recognition in various markets and labs, from Hong Kong to Italy. She's also developing a medium-length documentary film investigating the legacy of the Vietnam War and the themes of remembering and forgetting. 

As a writer, Chi's fiction work includes three films: the box office hit My Mr. Wife (Vietnam, 2018, Best Film, Vietnam’s Golden Kite Film Festival), A Brixton Tale” (UK, 2022, Best Picture, Cineuropa Award, Festival International du Film de Mons) and “The Girl from Daklak” (Vietnam-Spain, 2022, Nominee, Best Feature Film, Silvestre Award, IndieLisboa). In the latest, she also worked as a co-director. 

In 2023, Chi served as the creative producer for "Woman," an American feature-length documentary that delves into the complexities of Vietnamese women's identities within the context of war and peace. 

Chi actively promotes inclusivity and equitable representation in the arts and cultural spheres. She is the founder and film programmer of Cinema CNN (Cinema of the Peasants), part of A Sông Collective in Danang, Vietnam, promoting local independent grassroots cinema. 


• WHITE CALLS, video-performance, 2022 (on-going)

• THREE ACTS, video, Bar de Force & Goethe Institute, 2021

• WHEN YOU END AND I BEGIN, web-based video performance, White Distance Residency, Heritage Space, 2021

• BECOMING SKY, video installation, Heritage Space, Vietnam, 2020 

• THE TALKS, multi-channel site-specific video installation, CABCon 2020, Arabesque Open Stage 2020, No Cai Bum Art Summit 2021

• HER STORY, Arabesque Open Stage 2020 & No Cai Bum Art Summit 2021

• IT’S A LIVING: LIFE & LABOR IN VIETNAM, non-fiction book with photographs, National University of Singapore Press (2013), translated & published in Vietnam in 2014

• IT’S A LIVING, solo photo exhibition, Vietnam, 2013

• CHUNG TA DI, group exhibition, photos, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, 2011


​ 1. THE RIVER KNOWS OUR NAMES (2023), 100', Writer-Director, in development 

2. LUA (2022), 12', Writer-Director-Producer

3. MY NAME IS (2022), 25', Writer-director-editor, in-post

4. AUGUST LETTERS (2021), 27', Director/ Editor

5. THE GIRL FROM DAKLAK (2021), 87’, Writer/ Acting Director

6. A BRIXTON TALE (2020), 90’, Writer  

7. MY MR. WIFE (2018), 90’, Writer

8. DOWN THE STREAM (2015), 4', Director-Editor-Producer 

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