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IPA Film Festival: online access (by donation)

May 17 @ 8:00 am - June 4 @ 5:00 pm


During the month of May – Asian Heritage Month, Director Angie Chen is offering VanU members online viewing of a feature drama and 4 documentaries including “One Tree Three Lives”.

There will also be an online Zoom session for Q&A with Angie in late May or early June.

Scroll to the bottom of this post and click on the blue GOING button and fill in your name and email address and you will receive a notification of the Zoom time and link.

If you’re taking advantage of this generous offer to watch any of these films, please donate to our IPA team so we can continue to host events celebrating diversity at VanU. E-transfer can be sent to and be sure to include “IPA” or “IPA Team” in the memo line of your transfer. 

Thank you and enjoy the film festival!


Featured drama: My Name Ain’t Suzy (花街時代)

1985 90 min feature drama (English subtitles) password: mynameaintsuzy


Der Besuch (The Visit)

1979 18 min

Filmmaker Angie Chen’s intensely personal recounting of her traveling to Bonn, meeting with her dying father after a seventeen-year separation. Seeing him in the last weeks of his life brings back blurred images, memories and scarred feelings.


Outstanding Film, Caracas International Film Festival 1979

Outstanding Film, Toronto 8mm Film Festival 1980

Outstanding Film, Northwest Film Festival, Seattle 1980

Special Mention, The Fifth International Film Festival, Hong Kong 1981

Special Mention, New York Film Festival 1981

Invitational Screenings:

Asian Film Festival, Asian Women Film Archive, Berlin 2009

UMI Bowl, Sweden.  Quebec Film Festival 1980

Third World Film Festival, LA 1979


This Darling Life (愛與狗同行)

2008 78 min

This Darling Life is a journey in search of dogs’ best friends that evolves into a discovery of the essences of life.

Nominated Best Documentary, Gold Horse Film Awards, Taiwan, 2008

Nominated Best Documentary and Director, HK Ming Pao’s Weekly Annual Film Awards, 2008

Password: yoda

One Tree Three Lives (三生三世 聶華苓)

2012 98 min

password: rosebud2

One Tree Three Lives is an intimate film on the novelist Hualing Nieh Engle, who has been a major influence on generations of writers in the Chinese Diaspora, and beyond. At times sad, at times funny, the film reveals a woman of unusual charisma, integrity and determination, and a person in continual exile.

She is the author of 24 books of fiction and non-fiction, which have been translated into various languages. She also initiated the International Writing Program in Iowa, USA – a world-renowned platform for writers since 1967. The co-founder was her now deceased husband, the poet Paul Engle. One Tree Three Lives is also their love story, a novelist and poet who created a strong and visible love.


The Hong Kong Film Critics Society Film of Merit Award 2012

Nominated Best Film, Best Director, Chinese Film Awards, China 2012


I’ve Got the Blues  (水底行走的人)

2017 90 min

password: igtb private

I’ve Got the Blues Trailer 2.5 min

password:  teaser1

I’ve Got the Blues, is established up-front in an intimate exchange over drinks:  Filmmaker Angie Chen (as herself) has an unexplained but long relationship with artist Wong Yan Kwai (Yank) and is out to make a film about his work and motivations. The problem is that Yank is not telling. In the interaction, sparks and arguments, egos and humility, love and betrayal, and human complexities surface.

The film also shows a bohemian corner of Hong Kong never revealed, and invites the audience to question the very nature of the documentary.


Best Feature-length Documentary Award, Festival Film Dokumenter, Indonesia 2017

The Film Merit Award, Hong Kong Film Critics Society 2018

Special Award Film of Distinction, The Hong Kong Film Director’s Guild, 2018






May 17 @ 8:00 am
June 4 @ 5:00 pm
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