A Letter to A'ma

An art teacher 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.
An island on the edge of Asia, Taiwan has experienced four hundred years of colonization followed by a recent half century of dictatorship. Yet today it is becoming the front of a potential war between world powers.
Through an artistic duty that this teacher gives to students, a performance art process that has lasted for more than 10 years, a representational portrait of the island’s collective memory begins to emerge; and in so doing, these young artists have initiated a process by which Taiwan, an island forgotten by the world and in the midst of forgetting itself, can now remember itself and construct a new postcolonial identity through art.

  • Hui-Ling CHEN
  • Hui-Ling CHEN
  • Hui-Ling CHEN
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    1 hour 45 minutes 18 seconds
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    March 1, 2021
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    130,000 USD
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    France, Taiwan
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    Chinese, Japanese
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Director Biography - Hui-Ling CHEN

Hui-Ling CHEN was a plastic art teacher in high school and left her post to study cinema in France. After studying cinema, she returned to Taiwan to found the educational project: "The collective memory of the island", while filming the documentary "A Letter to A’ma".
She has cooperated with many schools across the country to guide young people to express their own story artistically. The film testifies to the achievements over ten years of the project. In 2018, she won an award from the Ministry of Education for her contribution to artistic education for the younger generation.

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