A Letter to A’ma [In-Person Only]
$14 General Admission
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** To celebrate the PNW premiere of this award-winning doc, director Hui-Ling Chen will attend for a post-screening Q&A! Co-presented by Taiwanese Association of Greater Seattle (TAGS) & the Taiwan Studies Arts & Culture Program at the University of Washington **
(Hui-Ling Chen, Taiwan, 2021, 97 min, in Taiwanese Hokkien, Indigenous Taiwanese languages, Mandarin & Japanese with English subtitles)
In A Letter to A’ma, Taiwanese art teacher/filmmaker Hui-Ling returns to her childhood home to mourn the passing of her grandmother. As she pieces together the fragmented memories of her youth, she finds herself coming face-to-face with the problematic issue of her country’s fractured history. Through a student art project guided by this teacher that has lasted for over a decade, a representational portrait of the island’s collective memory begins to emerge, initiating a process in which Taiwan, an island-nation forgotten by the world and in the midst of forgetting itself after centuries of colonization and decades of dictatorship, can now remember its past and re-envision its postcolonial identity through art.
About the director:
Hui-Lin Chen was a high school art teacher before leaving her post to study cinema in France. After studying cinema, she returned to Taiwan and founded the educational project: “The collective memory of the island,” while filming the documentary A Letter to A’ma. She has collaborated with schools across the country to empower youths in harnessing their creativity through art. The film testifies to the dedication over ten years of this project. In 2018, she received an award from the Ministry of Education in Taiwan for her contribution to arts education for the younger generation.
About the Taiwan Studies Arts & Culture Program at UW
The Taiwan Studies Arts & Culture Program at the University of Washington curates and showcases Taiwan arts and culture by linking Taiwan artists and cultural organizations to American cultural institutions, as well as amplifying and propagating exhibits, performances, and events through in-person and online programming. Follow their exciting event lineup @UWTaiwanStudies and through a newsletter subscription at jsis.washington.edu/taiwan