Paris, Shanghai, Ho Chi Minh City –
the French-Vietnamese hip-hop DJ Nodey is
expands his horizon
Maël Lê-Hurand, Vincent Nguyễn und Pierre Tâm-Anh Le Khac
France | 2020 | 62′ | OmenglUT
DJ Nodey has already done a lot, experienced a lot. In French hip-hop, there is probably no one who covers a wider stylistic field than DJ Nodey – his spectrum ranges from colabos with the very different but commercially extremely successful rappers Yousoupha and Orelsan, to musical support for the local YouTuber prodigies Cyprien and Norman, to collaborations with the Chinese shooting star of international performance art Tianzhou Chen and Suboi, the queen of Vietnamese rap.
On this path of steadily expanding horizons since 2015, the trained sound engineer is accompanied by two school friends: filmmakers Maël Lê-Hurand and Vincent Nguyễn aka Francis Cutter.
Like the once again slightly younger auteur Pierre Tam Anh Le Khac, third in this trio of directors, all know Nodey’s basic experience as a Frenchman with Vietnamese parents in Paris.
Their joint film describes how a generation that has grown up with multiculturalism and mixed origins assesses itself, what its relationship to the question of identity is, and how it lives out its curiosity in trying to understand the world and find its own creative paths.