Wednesday, March 8, 2023

2021 Taiwanese film A Letter to A'ma (給阿媽的一封信), and Q&A with the director, April 16 at CMU.

The 2021 Taiwanese film A Letter to A'ma (給阿媽的一封信), and Q&A with the director, will play at Carnegie Mellon University on April 16. The event is hosted by the Pittsburgh Taiwanese Association and co-hosted by Café Philo Pittsburgh and the Taiwanese Scholar Society in Pittsburgh.

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.

Director Hui-Ling Chen will attend for a post-screening Q&A!

*A Letter to A'ma (Taiwan, 2021, 97 min) is in Taiwanese Hokkien, Indigenous Taiwanese languages, Mandarin & Japanese, with English subtitles

Presented by Pittsburgh Taiwanese Association

Co-presented by Café Philo at Pittsburgh and the Taiwanese Scholar Society in Pittsburgh

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.

給阿媽的一封信 - 影片簡介:


本片作者陳慧齡從海外回到故鄉悼念離世的祖母,除了面對模糊的家族記憶,她也意識到國家歷史的斷裂問題 :台灣,一座歷經四百年殖民以及近半世紀獨裁的島嶼。陳慧齡邀請多位年輕人以家族記憶為題進行創作,長年跟拍他們尋根過程;同時她跟許多學校合作,透過給學生們的一個美術作業:訪談祖父母並為他們繪製肖像畫,來實踐一個歷時十年的行為藝術:「群像」的拼組,關於台灣的集體記憶。








The event runs from 2:00 to 5:00 pm, and tickets are available online. It will take place in 2315 Doherty Hall, on the Carnegie Mellon University campus (map).

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