Chinese Documentary Festival 2012

Award Winners

Shorts

Champion

Avici

Tsou Yu-hsin
Taiwan / 2011 / 59 min
In Mandarin with Chi & Eng Subtitles

Looking at these family photos, father, mother, and son, everyone seems happy. The truth is, for the past 20 years, father has been physically abusing mother. However, mother stays with the family even after the divorce, not willing to just walk away. One day the son decides to intervene with his camera: he films and interrogates his parents right in the middle of their confrontation.

First Runner-up

The Sixth Resettlement

Ouyang Bin
China / 2010 / 56 min
In Lahu Dialect with Chi & Eng Subtitles

The indigenous Kucong mountain tribe was first relocated to a Yunnan village by the newly established Communist government in the 1950s. Their new life was recorded and made into a propaganda documentary. But somehow they could never get used to farming and thus kept going back to hunt in the mountains. Fifty years later, the Kucong children in the documentary are now grown-ups. Though they have learnt how to farm, life is still a struggle. Now the government wants to relocate them again to another new village nearby but this time they have to pay their part. How do the dirt-poor Kucong cope with this arrangement, the sixth time in their generation?

I'm Here

Choi Ian Sin
Macau / 2012 / 43 min
In Cantonese with Chi & Eng Subtitles

Coming out of the closet is never easy, especially when you're living in a small city like Macau, where you always bump into friends and relatives on the streets. During the shooting of a short film about lesbians, the actress tells, behind the scenes, about her coming out of the closet experience. She even gets her mother and childhood friends to talk in front of the camera about her gender identity and the disclosure. At the end of the day, she is hoping that her father gracefully accepts her own choice.


Features

Champion

The Long Goodbye

Yang Li-chou
Taiwan / 2010 / 108 min
In Mandarin with Chi & Eng Subtitles

In a Taipei home for elderly Alzheimer's patients, some elderly choose to dwell on agony from the past while some can only remember bits of happy moments; some have become irritable and some look perplexed. It seems hopeless when these patients don't even recognize their immediate family members. Yet on the brighter side, their Alzheimer's diagnosis has helped end family quarrels. Their loved ones are also glad to forget and start taking care of them. This film documents many touching moments under the roof over the course of two years.

First Runner-up

Money and Honey

Lee Ching-hui
Taiwan / 2011 / 95 min
In Mandarin, English & Filipino with Chi & Eng Subtitles

Many Filipino women are working in Taipei as nursing assistants in homes for the elderly and often find themselves working seven days a week with no holiday. When they have finally earned enough to retire and go back to the Philippines, their children have already decided to follow their footsteps going abroad to make a living. From Taipei to the Philippines, the camera tries to explore the joy and sorrow of this foreign helper's community.

Second Runner-up

The Next Life

Fan Jian
China / 2011 / 79 min
In Mandarin with Chi & Eng Subtitles

Over five thousand children were buried alive during the Sichuan Earthquake in 2008. Grieving parents now want to have a second child, hoping to alleviate some of their pain. Younger mothers can more easily conceive naturally. But many older women, like Ye Hongmei, who has reached the age of 40, are not successful. So they have tried in-vitro fertilization but failed, and they want to try again. The financial burden is enormous and the psychological stress is unthinkable. Is there any hope for them?