Chinese Documentary Festival 2015

Award Winners

Shorts

Champion

Old Soul

Cheng Wen-tang
Taiwan / 2014 / 54 min
In Mandarin and Taiwanese with Chi & Eng Subtitles

This is a story about people who fight for the future of agriculture in Taiwan. Caring deeply about the farmers' movement, poet Wu Sheng turns himself into a full-time farmer. As a campaigner, Hung Shiang shares her experience with her fellow activists. While Ke Chin-yuan, a documentary filmmaker, makes films about environmental issues, Lin Sheng-xiang, a musician, uses his music to help farmers express themselves.

First Runner-up

Southland Soldier

Lee Li-shao
Taiwan / 2014 / 55 min
In Mandarin and Yunnan dialect with Chi & Eng Subtitles

When the Chinese Nationalist Party fled to Taiwan in 1949, some of their troops stayed at the border of Burma and fought against the communists. Half a century later, two veterans, Ma You-fu and Zhao Quan-ying reflected upon the forgotten history and their wrestle against death in the forest. Having returned to Taiwan long time ago, now they have to face yet another battle of survival.

Second Runner-up

Sister Kam

Lo Chun Yip
Hong Kong / 2013 / 24 min
In Cantonese with Chi & Eng Subtitles

Behind Mongkok's Portland Street, as French music plays in an artsy café, the back alley is a totally different world. Sister Kam washes dishes in the alley every night. She fights with the workers at the rubbish collection point, while proudly boasting to the waiters how she could slaughter a pig on her own. She works till midnight and gets up at 5:30, day after day. In the thousands of alleys in Hong Kong, stories that speak of life's struggles, wait to be told.


Features

Champion

Wukan: The Village Committee

Lynn Lee, James Leong
Singapore, Hong Kong / 2015 / 138 min
In Mandarin, Cantonese and English with Eng Subtitles

The illegal land-sale by corrupt local officials sparked off villagers uprising in 2011 against authorities in Wukan. Incidents like this happen in the mainland on a daily basis, but what caught everyone's eye was the government backed down at last and allowed a direct election of village chiefs. This was regarded as the dawn of a new political era. Sadly, comradeship had turned sour among the villagers, proven the road to democracy is long and full of detours.

First Runner-up

Heaven's Will

Leo Li
China / 2014 / 84 min
In Mandarin and Shanxi dialect with Chi & Eng Subtitles

Naixiao, an ex-gangster from a village in Shanxi province, has suddenly discovered the ability to predict life and death. The picturesque village is full of religious cults as well as corrupted village officials. Given the grotesque nature in contemporary China, even Naixiao cannot escape the fate of karma.

Second Runner-up

The Moment–Fifty Years of Golden Horse

Yang Li-chou
Taiwan / 2014 / 112 min
In Mandarin with Chi & Eng Subtitles

This documentary commissioned by the Ministry of Culture to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Golden Horse Awards does reveal the passage of time through film: from the migrant worker girl who could only find comfort in romantic films, to the passionate man who was inspired by patriotic films to serve in the army, from Taiwan's national anthem to the song Beautiful Island, from movie stars to ordinary citizens. This is a love letter to film.


Hong Kong Documentary Award

First Runner-up

Lee Po

Tan Chi Wing
Hong Kong / 2015 / 29 min
In Cantonese with Chi & Eng Subtitles

At the age of 83, Lee Po makes a living by collecting waste paper. Her tiny stooped frame pushes heavy bales of leather every day. Without relying on others, she somehow manages to survive with physical labor, keeping her dignity while working on the streets. Despite others' perceptions, she has her own way of life and wisdom for survival.

Open Road after Harvest

Chan Ho Lun, Fredie
Hong Kong / 2015 / 100 min
In Cantonese with Chi & Eng Subtitles

A truck driver decides to risk everything by pursuing a new career in agriculture. Despite the government's land resumption plan in the New Territories and her husband's suffering from illness, Jane insists on working as a farmer. Giving up his well-paid job, Mr. Wong takes over an organic farm and becomes a leader of a farmer's association, yet is troubled by political interference.

Second Runner-up

Sister Kam

Lo Chun Yip
Hong Kong / 2013 / 24 min
In Cantonese with Chi & Eng Subtitles

Behind Mongkok's Portland Street, as French music plays in an artsy café, the back alley is a totally different world. Sister Kam washes dishes in the alley every night. She fights with the workers at the rubbish collection point, while proudly boasting to the waiters how she could slaughter a pig on her own. She works till midnight and gets up at 5:30, day after day. In the thousands of alleys in Hong Kong, stories that speak of life's struggles, wait to be told.

Jury's Special Mention

Flowing Stories

Tsang Tsui Shan
Hong Kong, France / 2014 / 97 min
In Cantonese, Hakka dialect and French with Chi & Eng Subtitles

The Da Jiu Festival that is held once every 10 years is not only a traditional custom, but is also an opportunity for family gathering. The director explores the meaning of home and the stories of communal migration while taking a glance at the village's past and its future. She also visited England and France in an attempt to capture the nostalgia of villagers living abroad and their seemingly forgotten roots.