Chinese Documentary Festival 2017

Award Winners



Happy Birthday

Angel Su, Mimi Chen
Taiwan / 2016 / 32 min
In Mandarin with Chi & Eng Subtitles

In Taiwan, there is a high rate of Caesarean Section done every year. It is common that doctors treat childbirth as same as illness. Midwifery is an overlooked and almost extinct profession. Two midwives who helped others and themselves give birth at home demonstrate female self-autonomy.


First Runner-up

Call Me Mrs Chan

Chan Hau Chun, Chui Chi Yin
Hong Kong / 2017 / 16 min
In Hokkien with Chi & Eng Subtitles

Cleaner Mrs Chan works at a public housing estate to clear the garbage, 365 days a year, except one half day on the Lunar New Year’s Day. For the past 10 years, her quiet dedication cleaning the building has brought her no respect, only back pain.


Second Runner-up

About the maritime drifters

Hung Ya-chih
Taiwan / 2016 / 23 min
In Mandarin with Chi & Eng Subtitles

Due to the shortage of workers, the Taiwan fishing industry hires many foreign workers. Most of them are from Indonesia. However, they are paid less and work longer hours than the locals. The situation has triggered many disputes and conflicts.



Small Talk

Huang Hui-chen
Taiwan / 2016 / 88 min
In Taiwanese with Chi & Eng Subtitles

For years, the director's mum has looked like a tomboy and in the eyes of her girlfriends, her mum is a charismatic lover. When the director tries to speak to her, she tightens up and shuts down on topics like her sexual orientation and marriage.



Songs from Maidichong

Hu Jie
China / 2016 / 82 min
In Mandarin and Hmong with Chi & Eng Subtitles

For generations, the Miao ethnic group has lived in the mountains of Yunnan. A hundred years ago, Christianity reached their land. Multitudes converted, and the psalms entered their tradition. During the Cultural Revolution, believers were persecuted and many martyred. Pastor Wang Zhiming was executed with his tongue cut off and his last protest silenced. Today, young believers are few and far between. But the gravity and grace of hymn singing echoes through the valley still.


Second Runner-up

We the Workers

Wen Hai
China, Hong Kong / 2017 / 174 min
In Mandarin with Chi & Eng Subtitles

Workers are the main driving force of China's rapid development, yet they are often exploited. Jia Yong and Xiao Ming were workers who joined grassroots labour unions. However, oppression came in all forms and Jia Yong was even assaulted.