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Mixing live action, animated visuals and historical and family archives, Mei Mei, A Daughter’s Song brings to life the original Peabody-award-wining 1989 radio documentary in a full visual and aural experience. The timeless story of a parent and child crossing the divide that separates them speaks to the human experience in all cultures.
Dmae Roberts created the half-hour film documentary, Mei Mei, A Daughter’s Song, using the 1989 Peabody-winning audio documentary of the same name as the soundtrack. The radio documentary was the first Taiwanese-American radio documentary on public radio, and it was originally aired on NPR, BBC, CBC and ABC. “Mei Mei” tells the story of Dmae and her mother, Chu-Yin Roberts, as they travel to Taiwan together after a long absence. During their travels, Chu-Yin Roberts reveals the abuse she experienced after she was sold into servitude at the age of two and while she was growing up during World War Two. It soon becomes clear, the tensions Dmae and Chu-Yin experienced with each other came not only from the always-complicated mother/daughter relationship, but also from their being separated by differences of culture and language.
Recent reviews of “Mei Mei, A Daughter’s Song”
“This piece leaves standard storytelling practices in the dust. Dmae’s production values are topnotch” — Salt Institute
“This is possibly the best audio work that has ever been recorded.” — Public Radio Exchange
Private Screening for Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality for, San Francisco, CA. June 14, 2015.
Mixed Remixed Festival at the Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA. June 13, 2015.
Rainier Independent Film Festival, Rainier, WA. May 16, 2015.
Premiere at the Mei Mei 25th Anniversary Celebration at the Clinton Street Theatre, Portland, OR. November 21, 2014.
Mei Mei, A Daughter’s Song was shown with Finding Home by T. Howard, a 10-minute short U.S. film in which a daughter learns of her mother’s painful memories as a Korean War survivor.
10-minute Short Film Screening at the Eugene International Film Festival, Eugene, OR. November 7, 2014.