Thursday, October 3, 2002

Fresh Eyes: New Artists at Cinematheque

Program 1: The Spaces She Inhabits, An Evening of Films by Anita Chang

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

For eight years local filmmaker and teacher Anita Chang has been making intimate documentaries exploring the political and emotional aspects of place and belonging. Investigating her familial relationships and, in turns, a wide community of Bay Area immigrants and transplants and an eclectic group of Nepalese women, Chang’s films combine experimental techniques with a deep commitment to her subjects’ stories and ways of telling them. Evoking the transience of being through the ephemerality of her medium, her films turn fragility into strength and displacement into a deeper form of rootedness. Tonight’s retrospective features Mommy, What’s Wrong?; Imagining Place; She Wants to Talk to You and premieres of An elegy to our small selves (a linking of the human and animal, in part a response to 9/11) and Exquisite-Eye.