Ajyal Film Festival 2022

All Films

To Know Her

Special Screening, Ajyal at Katara

Natalie A. Chao / Short Documentary / United States of America, Hong Kong / 2020 / 15 min / Colour / DCP
In Chinese, English / Arabic, English subtitles
Interests: Documentary, Family

Synopsis

Filmed decades apart on the same MiniDV camcorder, ‘To Know Her’ is a poetic exploration of the filmmaker’s complex relationship with her mother, who passed away when she was just 14 years old due to clinical depression. As the director explains, “I inherited my camera tendencies from my mother because she always pointed the camcorder at the subject who mattered to her most. I want to throw that loving gaze out back towards her”.

About the Directors

Natalie A. Chao is a filmmaker and visual artist who completed her BA degree in Film Production at USC in Los Angeles, focusing on cinematography. Born, raised, and currently based in Hong Kong, she is interested in bridging the gap between realism and poetry to tell stories through a more engaged and intentional gaze—one that can map out our memories, not draw lines between camera and subject, identity and politics. She is currently a 2020 Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellow, and her documentary short, ‘To Know Her’, premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.

Credits

Director
Natalie A. Chao
Screenwriter
Natalie A. Chao
Editor
Natalie A. Chao
Music
John Russell, Jonah Sanchez, Jonathan Ricks
Cinematographer
Natalie A. Chao, Stephanie A. Chao
Sound
Cheryl Chow

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