Ekleipsis
TitleEkleipsis
DirectorTran T Kim Trang
CountryUSA
Year1998
Duration22mins
FormatVhs video, Umatic video
DescriptionEkleipsis delves into two histories; the history of hysteria and the Cambodian civil war. Weaving together texts of these two histories along with a composite 'case study' of hysterically blind Cambodian women and the artists mother. Hysterical blindness is sight loss brought about by traumatic stress and has little or no physical causes; Ekleipsis speaks about the agency of somatising pain and loss to overcome them. The video also expresses the inspiration found in these ascendant personalities. Ascendant personalities are those who develop the incredible will to survive traumatic events, and utilise their experiences to reflect on and live life in positive ways.