She Wants to Talk to You

A film by Anita Chang

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

SYNOPSIS

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.

PRESS

“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

SCREENING HIGHLIGHTS AND AWARDS

  • 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

ABOUT FILMMAKER(S)

Anita Chang

Anita Wen-Shin Chang is an independent filmmaker. She was born to parents who emigrated to the U.S. from Taiwan in the 1960’s, fleeing a dictatorship. She grew up in Akron, Ohio and Massachusetts. Chang received her BA in American Studies and English at Tufts University, and MFA in Cinema at San Francisco State University. She has worked as a community activist, an urban youth counselor, civil rights investigator, and education director for a non-profit San Francisco-based media literacy organization.
She has completed artist residencies in Nepal, Headlands Center for the Arts, Taipei Artist Village, and Hweilan International Artists’ Workshop. In pushing the boundaries of the moving image medium, she is always discovering ways to experiment with content and form, inspiring an active viewing experience. She

Her latest film, JOYFUL LIFE is broadcasting in Taiwan. SHE WANTS TO TALK TO YOU was selected for the Whitney Museum’s American Effect exhibition exploring global perceptions of American society and culture and much more.

Chang guest lectures, curates and writes on film. She has taught film/video production and media studies in community-based organizations such as San Francisco Conservation Corp and the Film Arts Foundation, including its STAND Mentorship program for first-time directors from under-represented backgrounds. She has also taught at San Francisco’s School of the Arts and University High School; and abroad at Kathmandu Academy of Audio Visual Arts & Sciences and National Taiwan University of Arts as a Fulbright Scholar. She also taught film/video production, documentary, and third cinema at the San Francisco Art Institute and San Francisco State University. More recently, she taught in the Department of Indigenous Languages and Communication at National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan. (8/14)

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