She Wants to Talk to You

A film by Anita Chang

2001 | 29 minutes | Color | DVD | Order No. W03795


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.


“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


  • Women in the Director’s Chair
  • New York Asian American International Film Festival
  • San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival
  • National Museum of Women in the Arts’ Festival of Film & Media Arts
  • Ann Arbor Film Festival - Isabella Liddell Art Award
  • LA Asian Pacific Film & Video Film Festival
  • Boston Asian American Film Festival, Museum of Fine Arts
  • 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


Anita Chang

Anita Chang is a media artist, educator and writer. She has been making films for 20 years. Her films often focus on the experiences of women and girls, minorities, immigrants, exiles, Asian/Pacific Americans, and disenfranchised communities, and are engaged in and complicate discourses on gender, race, postcolonialism, ethnography, diaspora and cross-cultural representation. Her works have screened and broadcast internationally, and been presented at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Walker Arts Center, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and National Museum of Women.

Chang has also taught film and video production and media studies in numerous community and academic settings in the San Francisco Bay Area, and abroad at Academy of Audio Visual Arts and Sciences in Kathmandu, Nepal; the renowned Motion Picture Department at National Taiwan University of Arts; and the Department of Indigenous Languages and Communication at National Dong Hwa University in Taiwan.

Honors include grant awards from Creative Capital, Fulbright, San Francisco Arts Commission, National Geographic All Roads and the KQED Peter J. Owens Filmmaker program. Her essays have published in positions: asia critique, Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies, and Taiwan Journal of Indigenous Studies. Her essay Altered States for a Critical Cosmopolitanism was published as part of Routledge's AFI Film Readers series book, Teaching Transnational Cinema and Media: Politics and Pedagogy. She is currently teaching in the Communication Department at California State University, East Bay. For more, visit (07/19)


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