Part II of the book Migrant and Diasporic Film and Filmmaking in New Zealand presents a collection of critical dialogues with film-makers, whose works are representative of the cinemas of migration and diaspora in New Zealand. In this chapter, Roseanne Liang (of Chinese descent) speaks about her experience of making Banana in a Nutshell (2005), an autobiographical documentary based on which she made her debut feature My Wedding and Other Secrets (2011). In sharing her personal and creative journey, Liang contemplates on the concept of ‘women of colour’ and how she has come to understand it as a worldview, having worked in the New Zealand film industry in the last decade. The critical dialogue with Liang in this chapter illustrates the ways in which a diasporic film-maker turns the camera on the ‘self’ as an emotional response to life in diaspora and navigates the creative space as a populist and sometimes as a critical film-maker.
KeywordsRoseanne Liang Diasporic film Diasporic film-making New Zealand Film industry My Wedding and Other Secrets Banana in a Nutshell Cinema Flat 3 Web series Migrant film-making Asian New Zealand film Asian diaspora New Zealand Film Creative process Women film-maker
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