Past Event

Apr 15 | 1:00 pm

A Letter to A'Ma

105 min / Directed by Hui-Ling CHEN


In partnership with
Co-presented by
Boston Asian American Film Festival Logo

An art teacher 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 an artistic duty that this teacher gives to students, a performance art process that has lasted for more than 10 years, a representational portrait of the island’s collective memory begins to emerge; and in so doing, these young artists have initiated a process by which Taiwan, an island forgotten by the world and in the midst of forgetting itself, can now remember itself and construct a new postcolonial identity through art.



Emerson Paramount Center
Bright Family Screening Room
559 Washington St
Boston, MA 02111


Apr 15, 2023 | 1:00 pm

Post Film Q&A

Live post-film conversation with director, Hui-Ling Chen


105 minutes


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In Chinese/Japanese with subtitles (English + Traditional Chinese)


Saturday, Apr 15, 2023

1:00 PM


Presented By

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Hui-Ling CHEN, Director

Hui-Ling CHEN was a plastic art teacher in high school and left her post to study cinema in France. After studying cinema, she returned to Taiwan to found the educational project: “The collective memory of the island”, while filming the documentary “A Letter to A’ma”.
The film testifies to the achievements over ten years of the project. In 2018, she won an award from the Ministry of Education for her contribution to artistic education for the younger generation.


★ 2021 Golden Horse, official selection
★ 2021 Women Make Waves International Film Festival, Best Taiwanese Film
★ 2021 Festival “Les Rimbaud du Cinéma”, Best Documentary Film, Best Music
★ 2021 The SMR13 International Independent Film Festival, Best Documentary Film, Best Photography, Best Music


Projecting Connections

ArtsEmerson presents Projecting Connections: Chinese American Experiences. Using film as a lens to reflect on the vast lived experiences of the Chinese in the Greater Boston Area, this special series will feature monthly films and post-show curated discussions designed to build and foster meaningful community conversation.

Taiwan Film Festival Boston

Founded in 2019, the Taiwan Film Festival of Boston (TFFB) is a non-profit organization that strives to foster cross-cultural connection amongst its communities within Taiwan, North America, and beyond through the showcasing of compelling stories that revolve around poignant topics of growth, identity, discovery, and adventure. TFFB aims to highlight the cultural beauty of Taiwan as a nation brimming with international flavors and transcendent artistry.
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Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF)

New England’s Largest Asian American Film Festival
The Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF) empowers Asian Americans through film by showcasing Asian American experiences and serving as a resource to filmmakers and the Greater Boston Community. BAAFF is a co-production of Asian American Resource Workshop and ArtsEmerson.