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Mei Mei, A Daughter's Song
Mei Mei, A Daughter’s Song is a cross-cultural tale of a mother and daughter separated by language and culture, yet bound together for life. In 1989, producer Dmae Roberts won a Peabody-award for her radio documentary, “Mei Mei, A Daughter’s Song”. It was the first Taiwanese-American radio documentary on public radio. 25 years later, she has created a half-hour film using the audio documentary “Mei Mei” as the soundtrack. Mixing live action, animated effects and archival footage, “Mei Mei” tells the story of Dmae and her mother as they travel to Taiwan together after a long absence. As Chu-Yin Roberts’ story unfolds she reveals the abuse she experienced when she was sold into servitude at the age of two and her hardship growing up during World War Two. She talks about the female Buddha who saved her life. It soon becomes clear the tensions they experienced with each other had to do not only with the always-complicated mother/daughter relationship, but also the fact they were of different cultures yet intrinsically tied together because they were family. This multimedia film is the 25th anniversary of the radio documentary that originally aired on NPR, BBC, CBC and ABC.