Cheung Chau Diary 2016

The fourth Documentary Master Class Training Camp was held in Cheung Chau last December. Six instructors from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong supervised 21 students to create multiple documentaries. After eight days of intensive training and days and nights of continuous effort, they completed ten short films portraying Cheung Chau’s local community.
These films have diverse topics, showcasing different facets of Cheung Chau. 7 Pai Chong Road talks about the remaining shipyards in Cheung Chau; Path to the Grave portrays the young owner of a stone tablet shop; Fluting Life reveals the tender side of a butcher; A Shop in an Alley captures the charm of the owner of a seafood shop; Stowaway describes the hardship of running a recycling factory; Auntie An and Ah Wah show the seemingly unbeatable spirit of new immigrants; Fruit showcases the lives of an old couple running a fruit stand; Contrast presents the decline of the television repair business; while Settlement illustrates the story of the owner of a video rental shop.
The works depict the lives of locals. Besides the golden beaches, rice cakes and bun scrambling, there is a special kindness and closeness of Cheung Chau for the audience to discover.


Auntie An
Zhou Xuhan, Tam Shuk Yu, Yang Tong
6 min / In Cantonese with Chi & Eng Subtitles

An moved from Beijing to Cheung Chau, where she runs a small Beijing snack stand. Her love of Beijing food originated in childhood. Living away from her hometown, she recalls her younger days whenever she talks about "Lu Da Guen".

Path to the Grave
Chou Fang-sheng, Lo Hui-wen
11 min / In Mandarin, Cantonese with Chi & Eng Subtitles

A tombstone carver lives a seemingly plain simple life, but he has an eventful past. As dealing with death is part of his job, how does he see the relationship between life and death?

A Shop in an Alley
Zhou Gelin
12 min / In Cantonese with Chi & Eng Subtitles

Giu, who enjoys singing, and Gok, who loves to joke, are a jolly couple in Cheung Chau. The former fishermen now run a seafood shop. Optimistic and fun loving, they get along well with their customers.

Ah Wah
Ding Zixuan, Ding Qiyao, Siu Sze Yin
4 min / In Cantonese with Chi & Eng Subtitles

In a popular congee shop, Ah Wah and other workers start preparing for the day early. In order to make the ends meet, Ah Wah, a young mother, has to work two jobs. "A woman has to rely on herself," she always says.

7 Pai Chong Road
Kwun Wing Yun
14 min / In Cantonese with Chi & Eng Subtitles

Two workers have been working together for decades. Aside from days with bad weather conditions, they tirelessly run their shipyard without breaks, remaining in their diminishing line of work.

Settlement
Fung Wai Ming, Tse Lo Lun
8 min / In Cantonese with Chi & Eng Subtitles

Mrs Lee takes the ferry every day from Hong Kong Island to run the last remaining video rental shop in Cheung Chau. Over the last twenty years, while most people have been switching over to online streaming, the reason she chose to stay is...

Fruit
Siu Hok Yee, Wong Wai Kin
10 min / In Cantonese with Chi & Eng Subtitles

An elderly couple has been running Hing's Vegetables for decades. One farms while the other sells the goods, and together they manage to earn a living. In the beginning of the year, they visit the fields, a visit reminiscent of the old days.

Fluting Life
Ma Yue
14 min / In Cantonese with Chi & Eng Subtitles

Mr Siu always says "you gain something you lose something". He runs a butcher stand along with a flower shop and a restaurant. What did he gain, and what did he lose?

Contrast
Tsang Kam Shan
9 min / in Cantonese with Chi & Eng subtitles

Uncle Ting, a local in Cheung Chau, has been repairing TVs for decades. In the past 50 years, developing technology has slowly dimmed the trade.

Stowaway
Wong Keng Tang, Wong Chi Kin
6 min / In Cantonese with Chi & Eng Subtitles

Uncle Chun runs a waste recycling yard near the shore. He works so hard that he doesn't get to spend much time with his family.