Post-screening Discussion with Tang Danhong

Filmmaker and poet Tang Danhong joined Chip Rolley, Senior Director of Literary Programs at PEN America, for a conversation following a screening of her film “Nightingale, Not the Only Voice” (2000). The film follows Tang and the lives of two other artists on their shared journey through real and psychological oppression to self-discovery. In the discussion, Tang shares personal stories of her family’s experience during the emergence of contemporary China. She describes how these experiences have shaped her own relationship with her parents, which she examines in her film, revealing the painful, formative moments that inform her life and art.

Part of the film series “Turn It On: China on Film, 2000–2017” curated by Ai Weiwei and Wang Fen. Learn more at

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Organized by the Guggenheim Museum in conjunction with “Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World.” Presented in collaboration with PEN America. Support is provided by The Hayden Family Foundation. A program of the Sackler Center for Arts Education.

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