62 Years and 6500 Miles Between

Friday, Oct 3rd, 2008 - 7:00 PM

Venue: United States Navy Memorial

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62 Years and 6500 Miles Between

Directed by Anita Chang

Running Time: 52 minutes
Year: 2005
Documentary
Language(s): Chinese, Taiwanese, English w/ subtitles

Website: http://anitachangworks.com/?page_id=17

Through family interviews, historical footage, and personal memories, Taiwanese American filmmaker Anita Chang weaves together an intimate view into the life story of her 100-year-old grandmother “Ama.”

A headstrong political activist, Ama earned the nickname “Democratic Grandma” by encouraging voting, participating in protests and demonstrations, and fighting passionately for the better part of a century for Taiwanese independence from authoritarianism.

In 1994, the Taipei Women’s Rights Organization cemented Ama’s place in political history by publishing her award-winning autobiography.  But in later years, Ama’s health deteriorated as she suffered a debilitating fall and fourth paralyzing stroke.

Before Ama’s inevitable entrance into a full-care facility, Chang took a Hi-8 camera and traveled to Taiwan to separate fact from fiction and reconstruct an acclaimed political life from the viewpoint of the ailing Ama and those most closely associated to her. In doing so, Chang confronts the challenges of hazy memories and bridges cultural, geographic and linguistic distances to uncover hidden truths and tell the tale of 20th century post-colonial Taiwan, a nation that only saw the lifting of Martial Law 20 years ago.