Casting a Spell to Alter Reality
13:44 mins


Using scenes from Hou Hsiao-Hsien's 'Coming of Age' trilogy, Pam Virada presents an entrancing film essay, a lyrical study of physical and psychological interiors shaped by spellbinding magic-realist stories, weaved together with her family's disparate memories of supernatural visitation in a Chinese diaspora household. Via the mysterious occurrences passed down through generations through myth-like storytelling, Virada retraces the history of personal and collective perceptions of the diasporic Chinese by treading carefully between fact and fiction, magic and reality.