EM AND TRINH (Em và Trinh) tells the life story of Trinh Cong Son (1939-2001), one of Vietnam’s greatest songwriters. Often dubbed as Vietnam’s Bob Dylan, Trinh lived a prolific career that stretched through the latter half of the 20th century, during which he composed hundreds of love songs, revered by generations of Vietnamese, as well as anti-war songs that got him in hot water with the Communist regime.
The film is bifurcated into two timelines–from his passionate youth in the 1960s to his later middle-aged 1990s. With a particular focus on Dao Anh, who was his greatest love and the inspiration behind some of his most famous songs. Trinh truly led an artist’s life, filled with muses that inspired him to produce the ‘Great Vietnamese Songbook,’ EM AND TRINH, from director Phan Gia Nhat Linh (SWEET 20), is both a loving tribute to Trinh and a fascinating window into Vietnam that is not tainted by the ubiquitous American perspective.