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She Wants to Talk to You
A film by Anita Chang
2001, 29 minutes, Color, DVD
Order No. WW03795
In October 1999 filmmaker Anita Chang befriended three 13-year-old girls – Monika Rasali, Sushma Sada and Vinita Shrestha – while living in Kathmandu, Nepal. Honestly presenting themselves in front of the camera, these girls share with the filmmaker their ideas on marriage, friendship and spirituality. Their recordings provide a complex and poignant framework for three Nepali women living in the U.S. to reflect on their own struggle, exile and quest for liberation. Through verite documentary, the film offers rare insight into the lives of girls and women from a society steeped in patriarchy, tradition and caste. SHE WANTS TO TALK TO YOU speaks closely to young girls and women, as well as provokes universal introspection about the nature of happiness and oppression, and human relations and intimacy.



AWARDS, FESTIVALS, & SCREENINGS

  • National Museum of Women in the Arts’ Festival of Film & Media Arts
  • Ann Arbor Film Festival - Isabella Liddell Art Award
  • New York Asian American International Film Festival
  • San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival
  • LA Asian Pacific Film & Video Film Festival
  • Boston Asian American Film Festival, Museum of Fine Arts
  • Women in the Director’s Chair
  • Women of Color Film Festival, Pacific Film Archive
  • Film Arts Festival of Independent Cinema, San Francisco
  • Dallas Asian Film Festival
  • Kerala International Film Festival
  • South Asian Documentary Film Festival, Kathmandu, Nepal

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QUOTES

    “Chang marshals voices of women in Nepal and the U.S. for a meditation on the meaning of freedom…This poignant film speaks to the tenacious complexity of women's dreams and struggles, reflected in their doubts no less than in their convictions.”
    Peter X Feng
    Assoc. Prof., English & Women's Studies, University of Delaware

    “The girls' frank opinions about marriage, friendship and spirituality provide a complex and poignant frame for the Nepali-American women's experience of exile, struggle and transformation.”
    Film Arts Foundation

    ”…beautiful, lyrical…Highly recommended.”
    Erica Fletcher
    Girls, Inc.

    “Intimate and provocative, the film gently explores the desires and struggles of these diverse women as they contend with patriarchal societies and seek their path between two worlds.”
    Irina Leimbacher
    SF Cinematheque

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