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Project Premiere: Anita Chang's "Tongues of Heaven" at Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

April 25, 2013

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
Documentary Competition
Screening May 4 at 2:30pm and May 11 at 12:30pm

Anita Chang (2008 Film/Video) will premiere her Creative Capital project, Tongues of Heaven, at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, with screenings on May 4 (2:30pm, CGV Cinemas) and May 11 (12:30pm, Art Theatre of Long Beach). The film is a nominee for the festival's Documentary Award. Chang and collaborator Monica Hau'oli Waiau will be in attendance for Q&A at the May 4 screening and at the panel discussion "Reclaiming Language, Transmitting Culture" on May 5 (3:30pm, Directors Guild of America).

Set in Taiwan and Hawai'i, Tongues of Heaven focuses on the questions, desires and challenges of young indigenous peoples to learn the languages of their forebears—languages that are endangered or facing extinction. Using digital video as the primary medium of expression, four young indigenous women from divergent backgrounds collaborate and exchange ideas to consider the impact of language on identity and culture. With 96% of the world's population speaking only 4% of the world's languages, what does it mean to speak your mother tongue in this age of language homogenization? To put it another way, what do you lose when you lose your native language?

Watch the trailer for Tongues of Heaven and read an interview with the filmmaker on our blog, The Lab.

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