|15/10 (Mon)||9:45 pm||MOViE MOViE Cityplaza|
|28/10 (Thur)||7:40 pm||MOViE MOViE Cityplaza*|
*Q&A session with director
Taiwan / 2017 / 18 min
In Mandarin with Chi & Eng Sub
The director's grand uncle is an elderly with a passion in photography. One day, he asked the director to make him a "life in review" film that can be played at his funeral. Over the course of filming, the director uncovered the real reason and story behind his grand uncle's fondness for photography.
Wu Wen-rui graduated from Tainan National University of the Arts. His works include Just Ignore Me and Funeral Video.
Topics that have to do with how to deal with death, such as euthanasia and the right to make one’s own funeral arrangements, have long been a matter of public concern in Taiwan. The Hospice Palliative Care Act and Patient Right to Autonomy Act were passed respectively in 2000 and 2015 and allow patients to stipulate in advance while still conscious medical instructions for use in the event they become unable to express their own wish. The Ministry of the Interior also published the booklet Funeral vs Human Rights, whose business is it? to encourage the public to think about the human rights issue that may arise from one’s death.
One of the key concepts of the booklet is “burial autonomy”, which advocates advanced planning of burial arrangements and which also touches upon issues such as the natural cycle of life and death, the importance of funeral planning and respecting the wishes and religious belief of the deceased. Much like the topic of euthanasia and the aforementioned Hospice Palliative Care Act and Patient Right to Autonomy Act, “burial autonomy” deals with similar ideas and emphasises taking charge of one’s own life and deciding how to leave this world before it happens.
Many new companies have emerged abroad in recent years that provide will drafting and funeral planning services. Examples include the online estate planning company “Willing” and the website “Cake” which guides users to consider and designate in advance medical and funeral arrangement instructions. In Hong Kong, the social enterprise Lightbulb Ltd. was established in 2013 and is a pioneer of the niche “Final Party” service. That being said, as of 2017 the company has organised fewer than 10 such parties.