To Write From Memory

Meticulously, they inspect their own body as the camera looks on, documenting every step of their transition. Yet what starts off as a young filmmaker’s audiovisual diary soon expands into a confrontation with their own past. It is not easy to break out of a cocoon spun from motherly demands and grievances – especially when your body gets treated as a family matter, and when your need for autonomy is met with incomprehension.
by Emory Chao Johnson USA 2023 English, Mandarin 19’ World premiere | Documentary Form recommendation: 14 years and up


Director Emory Chao Johnson
Screenplay Emory Chao Johnson
Cinematography Farrah Su
Editing Emory Chao Johnson
Sound Jackie! Zhou, Torin Geller, Guin Frehling
Casting Jonathan Chen, Samantha Goodner
Producer Emory Chao Johnson
Associate Producer Qianru Li

Produced by

Emory Chao Johnson

Born in New Jersey, USA in 1995, Emory Chao Johnson studied film and television at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. Their artistic work focuses on queer and trans lifeworlds. Their short film F1-100 screened at numerous festivals and won several awards.

Filmography (short films)

2019 Bind 2020 Shu Mai Online · F1-100; documentary 2023 To Write From Memory; documentary

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2023