Taiwanese American filmmaker Anita Chang’s most recent documentary film, Tongues of Heaven, revolves around the issue of language loss and asks the essential question: “what do you lose when you lose your native language?” Her film explores the challenges of young indigenous peoples of Taiwan and Hawaii in learning the heritage languages of their ancestors — languages that are endangered or facing extinction.
TaiwaneseAmerican.org is proud to be a Co-presenter of this limited theatrical engagement of Tongues of Heaven around the San Francisco / Bay Area in October. Other co-presenters include CAAM and NATWA.
ROXIE THEATER 3117 16th Street, San Francisco, CA
Wed, October 8, 2014, Bay Area Docs Program, 7-9pm
THE NEW PARKWAY THEATER 474 24th Street, Oakland, CA
Tue, October 14, 2014, Doc Night Series, 7-9pm
BLUELIGHT CINEMAS 5 CUPERTINO OAKS 21275 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, CA
Sun, November 2, 2014, 3:30pm – 5:30pm
There will be Q&As and DVDs for purchase.
Anita was born to parents who immigrated to America from martial law era Taiwan of the 1960’s. She grew up in Ohio and Massachusetts, and her first language was Taiwanese or Minnanese, which she gradually lost the ability to speak after learning English.
Anita has produced fine works relevant to the Taiwanese community, most notably 62 Years and 6,500 Miles Between (2005) and Joyful Life (2007). Tongues of Heaven adds an additional dimension and commentary to her exploration of Taiwanese culture, language, and identity.
TaiwaneseAmerican.org’s Ho Chie Tsai interviewed her about the film. Watch the interview: