Archive: Winter 2007
Stories of Migration:
A Series of Documentary films by
Documentary film is the medium in which these three filmmakers span the generational, linguistic, political-cultural divide that opens up in families and their fantasies of who they are and where they come from when an immigration to the United States takes place. Documentary form, in the hands of these three women filmmakers is deeply personal, intensively experimental and rigorously historical.
These films show that the distances that separate the United States from Asia or Latin America have become highly dynamic and elastic. Economic and political survival compelled these women and their families, from different classes and different continents to make hard, apparently inexorable choices. The recent history of immigration and immigrants often define the lives of new Americans and the families they leave behind.
These filmmakers give us a new perspective on the transnational and the immigrant experience and they do it with humor, compassion and intelligence.
—UC Irvine Professor of Film and Media Studies Catherine Liu, Curator
Thursday, January 24 • Reception 6:30pm / Screening 7pm
No Seasons and
An introduction and comments on No Seasons will be provided by
No Seasons is a documentary chronicling three generations of women and one continuous, if disrupted and fractured, route of migration from China to Taiwan, to the United States and back to Taiwan. It is a Diaspora tale about an outland family that came from Mainland China to Taiwan many years ago and features fragmentary images about the journey of time.
Directed by Pei-Chyi Wan. 2002, Taiwan • 60 minutes • DVD
62 Years And 6,500 Miles Between
Director Anita Wen-Shing Chang to appear
62 Years and 6,500 Miles Between reworks the documentary
Directed by Anita Wen-Shing Chang. 2005, Taiwan/USA
Grandma Has A Video Camera
Director Tânia Cypriano scheduled to appear in person for Q&A session
Modern technology, from jet aircraft and the telephone to the internet and cable television, has helped to shorten the distance between one’s country of origin and the new land. And for grandma Elda, the video camera does the job as well. Grandma Has a Video Camera portrays the lives of a family of Brazilian immigrants in the United States for almost 20 years, using their own home video footage. Enchantment turns into disillusionment, idealization to conformity, as images and voices depict how newly arriving immigrants see their new world and struggle to establish a final home. Grandma Has a Video Camera is fast-paced and funny, as well as an endearing take on the issues of migration, displacement and the search for an identity.
Directed by Tânia Cypriano. 2007, USA • 60 minutes • DVD