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When you see mountain, it is mountain
When you see ocean, it is ocean

When you see mountain, it is not mountain
When you see ocean, it is not ocean

When you see mountain, it is mountain again
When you see ocean, it is ocean again

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To hear a recent interview, check out Anita Chang, Director of the Documentary Film “Tongues of Heaven” Talks with Host Jovelyn Richards, Cover to Cover Open Book, KPFA 94.1 Public Radio (10/29/14)

Come join us for the limited Bay Area theatrical engagement of Tongues of Heaven, beginning with its San Francisco premiere at Roxie Theater on October 8, 2014, 7-9pm, as part of the Bay Area Doc series! Followed by screenings at:

The New Parkway Theater’s Doc Night in Oakland on October 14, 7-9pm

Bluelight Cinemas in Cupertino on November 2, 3:30-5:30pm

Q&A sessions w/director follow each screening. DVDs will also be available for purchase at a discount. A BIG thank you to our co-presenters: CAAM, and NATWA.

Tongues Of Heaven Poster

A screening of Tongues of Heaven moderated by scholar Andy Wang took place at The Summer Institute in Asian American Studies: Empire Reconsidered at National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu Taiwan on July 30, 2014.


For the 11th Asian Cinema Studies Society Conference: Post-Asia Film, Media and Popular Culture (July 14-16) held at the University of Macau, Anita Chang presented the paper “Tongues of Heaven: Experiments in Cross-boundary Aesthetics in Digital Documentary” along with a screening of Tongues of Heaven.

The North American Taiwanese Women’s Association hosts a community seminar and screening of Tongues of Heaven on June 28, 2014 at the Taiwanese American Center in San Jose, CA.

Tongues of Heaven and 62 Years and 6500 Miles Between screened at The School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London on January 23 & 24, 2014.


Anita Chang gave a talk at the Community Filmmaking and Cultural Diversity: Practice, Innovation and Policy conference at the British Film Institute Southbank on January 22, 2014.

Tongues of Heaven premiered at the 29th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival on May 4, 2013, and was nominated for the Grand Jury Award in Documentary. A panel event “Reclaiming Language, Transmitting Culture” with Anita Chang, Hau’oli Waiau, Keo Woolford and Abe Ferrer was also held on May 5th.

Reclaiming Language Panel

All camerawork is personal to a certain extent. It is only when spectators become or are made aware of the personalized nature of the images they are seeing that they identify the author and perhaps identify with the author. There is added meaning to these images, as opposed to those images created through a hidden apparatus. They mean something to the person who is handling this technology and pointing at the world.more (Interview with Creative Capital, 4/25/13)

Set in Taiwan and Hawai’i, this experimental documentary explores young people and their relationship with heritage languages that are endangered or facing extinction. Conceived in part as a participatory community media project, the film’s larger concerns include the impact of language on identity and culture and the significance of marginalized languages in an increasingly homogenized world.

You already know the importance of saving a language. The main point is that you must start doing it. You know the reason, but not the motivation to save it. This is where I’m confused. I don’t have the motivation to do it. I’m wondering what would be the motivation. You can also say I’m waiting for that something. -Co-director An-Chi Chen

If you would like to assist with distribution costs, including the production of a language revitalization web platform, tax-deductible donations can be made here to the project’s fiscal sponsor, the San Francisco Film Society. Check us out on Facebook.


Headlands Resident Artist José Carlos Teixeira interviews Anita Chang on questions of language and identity in diaspora.

Hot off the press! — the latest issue of Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies. You can read my latest essay On the Communal Other: Collaborative Documentary Praxis in Joyful Life here.


Facilitated by Larry Hashima, and in the company of filmmakers Valerie Soe, Deann Borshay and Leo Chiang, I presented at the roundtable “Art, Activism, and the Role of Asian American Documentaries in the 21st Century Marketplace” for the 2011 Association for Asian American Studies Association conference in New Orleans, May 18-21.


My works joined the collection of local artists at Shadowshop, conceived by artist Stephanie Syjuco. Located in The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Shadowshop featured hundreds of affordable artists’ multiples, small works, tchotchkes, catalogues, books, zines, media works, and other creative output by Bay Area artists. The exhibit ran from December 2, 2010 - April 28, 2011.

At Taipei National University of the Arts giving the talk “Engaging Self and/with Environment,” part of the Simulation: Artist Residencies & Creative Possibilities Lecture Series, 2009

Duke University Press’s positions: east asia cultures critique published an article written by Anita Chang entitled, In the Realm of the Indigenous: Local, National and Global Articulations in Fishing Luck for its Winter 2009 edition. A longer version with the same title first appeared in Taiwan, in Taiwan Journal of Indigenous Studies/台灣原住民族研究季刊.

2009 Women Make Waves Film Festival sponsored the forum, Diaspora in the Work of Chinese Female Filmmakers on October 22nd. Anita Chang facilitated discussions with filmmakers Jennifer Phang and Daisy Lin. Click here for details.


Taipei Stock Documentary Series presented 62 Years and 6500 Miles Between on November 19, 2009. Check their website for updates.

From May 1 - August 23, 2009 the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco showcased One Hundred Eggs a Minute as part of its Present Tense Biennial exhibition, curated by Kevin B. Chen. Visit for more details.


Guiliana: What should I use my eyes for? To look at what?

Corrado: You wonder what to look at. I wonder how to live. Same thing.

-Michelangelo Antonioni’s Red Desert, 1964

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In honor of the recent passing on April 10, 2009, of a very special mentor…

A certain time of day, later afternoon, the sun moved over,
cooler now. I like to sit and watch the shadows of my trees
on yellow lawn. Much better than the trees themselves.
A tree will take you in, flush riot of needles light burst, the white pine
grown through sycamore. My heart is pounding. Leaves
exhausting. Bigger than my hand. I could lay them over
my deads’ faces. And never understand why I was left alive
to brood as such far north on a back porch. How did I come here?
Summer’s short. The sun moves like a ghost ship.
My god, they’ll all come down, how many million, million.
Don’t think of it. Look at the shadows brimming light
that undulate a dark, soft specificity, a southern garden
early spring, mimosa, rhododendron. It’s where my birds
come from and soon will be returning, monarchs, seed spores,
western winds, my longing. I want to lie here till I’m blank
where shadows were, my hair fanned out and round here fallen.
Not that I want to die, only roll over, thrust my hands
into the earth and touch your shadow, Summer. Father.

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62 Years and 6500 Miles Between screened as part of the 9th Annual DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival last October.

My students premiered their graduation digital film, Ancestor Says, this past summer. Click here to watch!

Co-presenter, First nations filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin’s best known award-winning documentary, Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance at the 4th Annual Iron Horse Film Festival, June 2008.

In January, UC Irvine Film and Video Center presented 62 Years and 6500 Miles Between, as part of its Transnational Documentary Series. Check for more details.

She Wants to Talk to You screened at the National Museum of Women in the Arts’ Festival of Film and Media Arts at the NMWA Theater in Washington, D.C., September 2007.

Kearny Street Workshop and the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center presented In a heartbeat: best of APAture, featuring an excerpt from 62 Years and 6500 Miles Between, August 2007.


In December 2006, Anita Chang and collaborating artist, Steve Fujimura, completed a multimedia installation entitled ETHNICITY, at the Creative Culture Park of Hualien, Taiwan.

Ethnicity Studio

Through black and white photographic portraits and a projected video loop, this multimedia installation situated in an old wine factory built during the Japanese occupation asks viewers to contemplate varied notions of ethnicity.

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Lecturer, “Did the Subaltern Speak?: The Making of Joyful Life,” Graduate Institute for Taiwanese Ethno-Development, National Dong Hwa University, Hualien, Taiwan, October 2006

62 Years and 6,500 Miles Between screened at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival. For more info, check out

An elegy to our small selves screened in Taipei, as part of the Interdisciplinary Experimental Shorts VI: Asian Selections program, of the Women Make Waves Film Festival.

62 Years and 6,500 Miles Between screened at the New York Public Library as part of the 2006 New York Taiwan Women’s Film Festival

2006 National Tour of 62 Years and 6,500 Miles Between, Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival,

2006 National Tour of 62 Years and 6,500 Miles Between, New York Asian American International Film Festival,

Guest Artist, Taiwanese Cultural Festival, San Francisco, May 2006

Curator, “Aftershocks: Experimental Films & Animation from Taiwan,” San Francisco Cinematheque, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, May 2006

Lecturer, Ethnic Studies, Mills College, Oakland, CA, April 2006

Lecturer, Asian American Culture course, San Francisco State University, CA, February 2006

Lecturer, Imagining Place Screening, Roundtable at Bunun Tribal School, Yu-li, Taiwan, November 2005

Lecturer, “Perpetual Outsider,” National Dong Hwa University, Hualien, Taiwan, November 2005

Lecturer, Documentary Production, University of California Santa Cruz, November 2005

Speaker, Taiwanese-American Citizens League, Los Angeles, August 2005

Lecturer, Documentary Journalism, Television School of Communication University of China, Beijing, June 2005

Lecturer, Tainan University of Arts, Taiwan, April 2005

Lecturer, Graduate Film Seminar, San Francisco State University, March 2005

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