The Sun Sets and Once Again the Earth is Upright

Writer and filmmaker Chi Tran shares the collaborative process and vision behind her new short film, an intimate story of grief that gently traces encounters with strangers.
Still from Chi Tran’s film, ‘ The Sun Sets and Once Again the Earth is Upright’. Image: Courtesy the artists. Two women with dark long hair sitting near a river bank with their backs facing the viewer. They are leaning on each other.

Commissioned by Taungurung curator Kate ten Buuren, The Sun Sets and Once Again the Earth is Upright is an expansive yet intimate story of grief and loss, depicting the porous relationship between time and space. The film is one of five new works in the series Now You’re Speakin’ My Language, a digital exhibition co-presented with the Institute of Modern Art and NOWNESS Asia. All of these new video works explore ties between language and land through memory, migration and intergenerational knowledge from First Nations, Southeast Asian and Asia Pacific artists. 

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Christy Tan is a writer living in Melbourne on Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Country. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Overland, Kill Your Darlings, The Suburban Review, Cordite Poetry Review, Liminal Magazine, Going Down Swinging, Runway Journal, Peril Magazine, and more. She was a 2022 Hot Desk Fellow at the Wheeler Centre, member of the 2021-22 West Writers Group with Footscray Community Arts Centre, and has performed at the Digital Writers' Festival, Emerging Writers' Festival, National Young Writers' Festival and +Concepts Lecture Series.