Richard Streitmatter-Tran was orphaned as an infant during the Vietnam war and adopted by an American family from Massachusetts, where he was subsequently raised. After an eventful childhood and upbringing which culminated in him joining the US military, serving in desert storm, and then attending art school on the G.I. bill, Richard returned to Vietnam to teach art at university before leaving his job a few years ago to pursue a full time career as an artist. Belong follows Richard as he reflects on his life, his work and his legacy, with his thoughts and memories framed by lyrics from the 5 songs that have been most significant to his journey so far.
Belong was filmed across Singapore during Richard’s residency at the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, and is the second in the 'How We Live Now' series of short films, exploring the importance of music in people's lives. Visit soundchips.co/how-we-live-now-belong/ to read the full feature, which includes an honest, in-depth and insightful follow up interview with Richard himself.
*Belong was an official selection of the 2019 Oregon Documentary Film Festival, where it won the award for 'best cinematography'.
Directed by Dillon M. Banda
Cinematography by Dillon M. Banda
1st AC Basil Tan
Editing / Colour Grade by Sean Cunningham
Score by David A. Molina
Produced by SoundChips