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62 Years and 6,500 Miles Between

Year :
2005

Country: 

  • Taiwan
Color :
Color
Running Time :
52 min
  • 16mm
  • Family

Introduction

62 Years and 6,500 Miles Between reworks the documentary form with its own set of expectations, while investigating historical, social and political phenomena via the personal. This film specifically examines how a postcolonial people negotiate the memory and translation essential to the reconstruction and ultimately reclamation of a personal and national history. Translation and memory are the means by which we construct the past, yet both of these are delicate. For example, while emphasizing testimonials in light of an official history, I use images of contemporary Taiwan, instead of archival footage — reflecting how a postcolonial people can sometimes only reimagine their past. Finally, in the telling of this history perhaps the film will spark dialogue about the nonfiction canon that is deeply driven by our desire to represent history - revisted or as a moment in time; a memory - however vivid or fleeting; and truth - whether perceived or felt.

Source: Anita Wen-Shin Chang's website
http://anitachangworks.com/?page_id=17

Director Statement

The film explores the discovery of my grandmother’s political sensibility just prior to her entering a full-care facility through the intimate details remembered by those closely associated with her, her award-winning autobiographical essay which was published in 1994 by the Taipei Women’s Rights Organization, and my own memories. As the film progresses, we hear history being told from various perspectives. Eventually, twists and turns develop along the way - the expectation that the camera is a reliable witness, or that the translation is accurate, the many facts that Ama left out of her biography, or that the biography was even written by Ama.

Source: Anita Wen-Shin Chang's website
http://anitachangworks.com/?page_id=17

Awards

2005 Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival
2005 Women Make Waves Film Festival
2005 Film Arts Festival of Independent Cinema
2005 DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival
2005 Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival
2005 Women Make Waves Film Festival
2005 DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival

Team

  • Cinematographer
  • Script Writer
  • Executive Producer
  • Composer
  • Cinematography Assistance
  • Composer
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