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[Mar 29 At 7 Pm] A Letter To A’ma & Post-Screening Q&A With Director CHEN Hui-Ling (In-Person Only)

March 20, 2023

The UW Taiwan Studies Arts & Culture Program is thrilled to invite you to a special screening of CHEN Hui-Ling’s documentary film, A Letter to A’ma 給阿媽的一封信 (2021), on Wednesday, March 29, at 7 pm, at the Northwest Film Forum.

The screening will be followed by a post-screening Q&A session with Director Chen, moderated by Neve Lin (UW Cinema and Media Studies). Floor will be open to the audience, too!

To celebrate the PNW premiere of this award-winning documentary film, UW faculty, staff, and students may receive 50% off general admission by applying the coupon code “UWFriend” at checkout!

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IN-PERSON ONLY. Tickets are required to attend the screening and Q&A session at the Northwest Film Forum.

Screening | A Letter to A’ma (CHEN Hui-Ling, 2021) | 1h 37m


In A Letter to A’ma, Taiwanese art teacher/filmmaker Hui-Ling returns to her childhood home to mourn the passing of her grandmother. As she pieces together the fragmented memories of her youth, she finds herself coming face-to-face with the problematic issue of her country’s fractured history. Through a student art project guided by this teacher that has lasted for over a decade, a representational portrait of the island’s collective memory begins to emerge, initiating a process in which Taiwan, an island-nation forgotten by the world and in the midst of forgetting itself after centuries of colonization and decades of dictatorship, can now remember its past and re-envision its postcolonial identity through art.

*A Letter to A’ma is in Taiwanese Hokkien, Indigenous Taiwanese languages, Mandarin, and Japanese, with English subtitles.

Filmmaker | CHEN Hui-Ling

CHEN Hui-Lin was a high school art teacher before leaving her post to study cinema in France. After studying cinema, she returned to Taiwan and founded the educational project: “The collective memory of the island”, while filming the documentary A Letter to A’ma. She has collaborated with schools across the country to empower youths in harnessing their creativity through art. The film testifies to the dedication over ten years of this project. In 2018, she received an award from the Ministry of Education in Taiwan for her contribution to arts education for the younger generation.

This special event, as part of the Northwest Film Forum’s Visiting Artists Series, is co-hosted with the Taiwanese Association of Greater Seattle.