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When you see mountain, it is mountain
When you see ocean, it is ocean

When you see mountain, it is not mountain
When you see ocean, it is not ocean

When you see mountain, it is mountain again
When you see ocean, it is ocean again

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We would love your support! On December 2, 2014, we launched an Indiegogo crowdsource campaign to build Tongues of Heaven Interactive, an interactive documentary web platform designed to raise awareness about language endangerment and revival through the sharing of personal stories, insights and creative participation. Check out the great rewards, and please help us spread the word! Like and Share via Facebook! Donations are tax-deductible thanks to our fiscal sponsor Fractured Atlas.

To hear a recent interview, check out Anita Chang, Director of the Documentary Film “Tongues of Heaven” Talks with Host Jovelyn Richards, Cover to Cover Open Book, KPFA 94.1 Public Radio (10/29/14)

Come join us for the limited Bay Area theatrical engagement of Tongues of Heaven, beginning with its San Francisco premiere at Roxie Theater on October 8, 2014, 7-9pm, as part of the Bay Area Doc series! Followed by screenings at:

The New Parkway Theater’s Doc Night in Oakland on October 14, 7-9pm

Bluelight Cinemas in Cupertino on November 2, 3:30-5:30pm

Q&A sessions w/director follow each screening. DVDs will also be available for purchase at a discount. A BIG thank you to our co-presenters: CAAM, and NATWA.

Tongues Of Heaven Poster

A screening of Tongues of Heaven moderated by scholar Andy Wang took place at The Summer Institute in Asian American Studies: Empire Reconsidered at National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu Taiwan on July 30, 2014.


For the 11th Asian Cinema Studies Society Conference: Post-Asia Film, Media and Popular Culture (July 14-16) held at the University of Macau, Anita Chang presented the paper “Tongues of Heaven: Experiments in Cross-boundary Aesthetics in Digital Documentary” along with a screening of Tongues of Heaven.

The North American Taiwanese Women’s Association hosts a community seminar and screening of Tongues of Heaven on June 28, 2014 at the Taiwanese American Center in San Jose, CA.

Tongues of Heaven and 62 Years and 6500 Miles Between screened at The School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London on January 23 & 24, 2014.


Anita Chang gave a talk at the Community Filmmaking and Cultural Diversity: Practice, Innovation and Policy conference at the British Film Institute Southbank on January 22, 2014.

Tongues of Heaven premiered at the 29th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival on May 4, 2013, and was nominated for the Grand Jury Award in Documentary. A panel event “Reclaiming Language, Transmitting Culture” with Anita Chang, Hau’oli Waiau, Keo Woolford and Abe Ferrer was also held on May 5th.

Reclaiming Language Panel

All camerawork is personal to a certain extent. It is only when spectators become or are made aware of the personalized nature of the images they are seeing that they identify the author and perhaps identify with the author. There is added meaning to these images, as opposed to those images created through a hidden apparatus. They mean something to the person who is handling this technology and pointing at the world.more (Interview with Creative Capital, 4/25/13)

Set in Taiwan and Hawai’i, this experimental documentary explores young people and their relationship with heritage languages that are endangered or facing extinction. Conceived in part as a participatory community media project, the film’s larger concerns include the impact of language on identity and culture and the significance of marginalized languages in an increasingly homogenized world.

You already know the importance of saving a language. The main point is that you must start doing it. You know the reason, but not the motivation to save it. This is where I’m confused. I don’t have the motivation to do it. I’m wondering what would be the motivation. You can also say I’m waiting for that something. -Co-director An-Chi Chen

If you would like to assist with distribution costs, including the production of a language revitalization web platform, tax-deductible donations can be made here to the project’s fiscal sponsor, the San Francisco Film Society.


Headlands Resident Artist José Carlos Teixeira interviews Anita Chang on questions of language and identity in diaspora.

Hot off the press! — the latest issue of Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies. You can read my latest essay On the Communal Other: Collaborative Documentary Praxis in Joyful Life here.