« A fascinating family archeology.
Watch this wonder! »
« Intimate and Universal!
It’s a masterpiece! »
« The Softness, the pain...
And Love, that heals everything. »
« Wild, feminine, feminist,
« Empowerment at the helm. »
« The wisdom shown by these 4 women
is an unforgettable example. »
Les Rivières (The Rivers) is an intimate journey into my matriarchal family story. This filmic experience is the vehicle that enables my soul to fly to yours. It took me 6 years to accomplish this family archeology. The whole project is totally handmade; it has been crowd-funded by a benevolent community who follow my blog maihua.fr/en, some for almost a decade. So thank you so much for supporting my work by your rental or purchase. Whether it be VOD, trailer, booklet, tour - you will find everything you need to know about Les Rivières (the Rivers) on this website.
Mai Hua, French-Vietnamese single mom with two children, brings back her dying grandmother to France. As the old woman miraculously recovers, questions are raised within the family history, in particular a curse on the women of the family, revealing an intimate archeology of female lineage and universal quest for truth.
« I saw Les Rivières 3 times, this film is an Iceberg! » Soufran
« This film cannot be seen, it is to be felt. » Céline
« I could hug my mom, thank you! » Guillaume
Because it is a story about love, watching Les Rivières with 1, 2, 15 other people deepens the experience. Whether it’s happening physically or digitally, speaking, listening, connecting with each other is as important as the movie itself. Do not hesitate to organize screenings with your friendly or family communities. Magic and culture start with you.
« These 4 women inspire me so much power! »
« How to achieve this transgenerational journey? »
« What were your healing tools? »
During my public screenings, I could see how Les Rivières raised many questions. Also, to thank you for supporting the project with your purchase, I have designed a booklet to allow you to continue your journey.
The writer Mona Chollet, actress Ludivine Sagnier, feminist activist Lauren Bastide… 10 personalities whom I love immensely have seen and loved Les Rivières. They honored me by asking their personal question so that I can answer it for you in this booklet.
You will also find there “psycho-magic” exercises to realize yourself, advised by myself and Jerry Hyde, my companion, who is a humanistic therapist based in London.
If Les Rivières has moved you, if you think its magic makes a difference, please consider supporting this project. From the very start, the film has been a totally independent project, the tour in several countries was canceled due to COVD19, so more than ever, your help is needed to spread the word.
Here are 4 ways to make les Rivières flow:
SHARE your experience with your intimate and social networks. The more personal your message is, the more it will speak to those who are likely to love the movie.
Mail, Whatsapp and Instagram are great platforms. Please link lesrivieres.maihua.fr/en and PLEASE put the hashtags #lesrivieres #maihua #Imakelesrivieresflow
« We should give Les Rivières to all the women we love. » Camille
GIFT the film to someone you love here (give the link). So many of you have been asking how to gift Les Rivières, and we have finally found a solution for you!
Do not forget to accompany your gift with a personal dedication, the platform allows it!
Your gift can be made for people in your country as well as abroad because the film is fully subtitled in French, English and Vietnamese (including for deaf and hard of hearing for each language)!
Very lately, several women around the world have proposed to translate the movie, in order to share it with their own communities and dig into a more thorough connection to Les Rivières, and all its underlying messages. Some have even become friends through the process! So if you want to embark on this journey please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart to Haruka Miura for the Japanese translation; Betty Varela (Spain), Anne Claire Paingris (France) and Malaika Rakotomalala (Madagascar) for the Spanish one. The movie is deeply enriched by your hard work but also by all your passion. Love, love, love.
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The sublime Soundtrack composed and performed by Kenny Dickenson is now available.
Music plays a very important role in all my work, particularly in Les Rivières. I cried every time Kenny sent me a new composition. I felt understood in a way that words cannot describe. It was absolutely magical and I am so happy if this music can make your soul vibrate too.
We have a Deluxe digital offer for all fans of Les Rivières. For $ 24, you will have the film, the soundtrack, the booklet, and also the poster by Lucile Gomez in 2 digital formats, an exceptional recording between Kenny and me, as well as a bonus scene.
The tour is temporarily cancelled due to COVID19.
05/03/20 cercle de femmes
Projection & Cercle de Femmes avec Camille SFEZ
Projection-Rencontre avec Koi Magazine
Projection-Rencontre avec les Kiss Kiss Bankers
« I saw it at home alone on my computer, then at a public screening, and it is totally different! » Clémence
The situation created by the Covid19 will not be eternal and we will meet again! Whether you are an individual, a cinema, a festival, an institution, someone organizing talking circle, you can bring the Rivers near you, with or without my presence. My projections, with 50-100-150 people, prove that there is real magic in this collective experience. Contact me @ email@example.com
Mai HUA is a French artist of Vietnamese origin based in Paris. Color Designer (Louis Vuitton, Issey Miyake, Giorgio Armani), Director and Author of the philosophical blog maihua.fr/en, Mai explores our links to the intimate, the quest for truth and spirituality. Her 2 documentaries, LES RIVIÈRES, a family archeology about her line of women, and MEETINGS WITH REMARKABLE MEN, proposing new models of masculinity in connection with therapy and vulnerability, explore these notions with contemporary intensity and dazzling emotional intelligence. Mai is currently working on writing of her first book, with French editions L’Iconoclaste.
Executive productionAPSARA FILMS
Original Score composed, produced and performedKENNY DICKENSON
thanks to for its magnificent palette of cellosARNULF LINDNER
Song performed byTHAI THI LONG LOAN
paintings from the “Ink Kingdom” seriesTRUC-ANH
Sound Mixing byANTOINE DAHAN
Color Grading byTHOMAS MONET
Recording of voice overs produced at TIME WORK SPACE studiostudio TIME WORK SPACE
Vietnamese subtitles byHIVENTY Asia