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Tongues of heaven

Author: Anita Chang; A.W. Chang Productions,
Publisher: Taiwan : A. W. Chang Productions, 2013.
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : ChineseView all editions and formats
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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? Set in Taiwan and Hawai'i, territories where Austronesian languages are spoken, the experimental feature documentary TONGUES OF HEAVEN focuses on the questions, desires, and challenges of young indigenous peoples to learn the languages of their forebears  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary films
Additional Physical Format: Original version:
(OCoLC)880579417
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Anita Chang; A.W. Chang Productions,
OCLC Number: 1003393127
Language Note: In Mandarin, English, Truku, Hawaiian, Rukai, andTsou Kanakanabu with English subtitles.
Notes: Title from resource description page (viewed July 20, 2017).
Description: 1 online resource (61 minutes)
Responsibility: a film by Anita Wen-Shin Chang ; in collaboration with An-Chi Chen, Leivallyn Kainoa Kaupu, Monica Hau'oli Waiau, Shin-Lan Yu.

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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? Set in Taiwan and Hawai'i, territories where Austronesian languages are spoken, the experimental feature documentary 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. As a cross-boundary filmmaking practice, TONGUES OF HEAVEN attempts to destabilize national, ethnic, and regional formations through an experimental aesthetics of the personal that establishes new connections and alliances within and outside the field of documentary filmmaking. As a result, it participates in presenting the contemporary (post)colonial conditions of Hawai’i and Taiwan, exposing differences and similarities, and proposing affinities and potential solidarities. The production methodology of collaborative personal camerawork reflects, refracts, and complicates notions of "native", "authenticity", "belonging", and "identity" through its personal, avant-garde expression and techniques, and thus makes a modest contribution to approaches in autoethnographic audio-visual productions.

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