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Mulan International Film Festival — SMALL TALK Screening

August 12, 2018 @ 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm

$15

From the Mulan International Film Festival website:

Small Talk
日常对话

Hui-Chen HUANG | 黄惠侦

Taiwan | 89 minutes | 2017 | Documentary | Taiwanese | English Subtitles
中国台湾 | 89分钟 | 2017 | 纪录片 | 闽南语 | 英文字幕
Toronto Premiere 多伦多首映

The 67th Berlin International Film Festival, Teddy Award – Best Documentary
第67届柏林国际电影节泰迪熊奖 – 最佳纪录片

5:15 – 6:45 PM, SUN, AUG 12
Innis Town Hall
Screening

“Every morning, my mother wakes up well before me, prepares my lunch, and takes off.

Every evening, after eating out, my mom comes home, washes up, closes her bedroom door, and is asleep by 9PM.

We live in the same space. But we’ve lived like strangers under one roof for decades now. The only exchanges are the meals she cooks for me. No hellos, no goodbyes, and no ‘I love you.’

I watch her, knowing that beneath the deafening silence lies a secret that weighs heavily on her, keeping her from speaking; knowing that behind her tightly pursed lips is a shame so overbearing that it suffocates her. One day, I finally summon up the courage to sit her down and make her talk. But am I ready to hear what she has to say? And are we ready to face what’s been buried for so long?”

“每天早上,我的母亲总是先于我醒来,她会先准备好我的午餐,然后出门。每天傍晚,我的母亲在外面吃过晚餐之后才回家,静静地梳洗完毕后就又回到属于她的房间里,打开收音机关上房门,在晚上九点睡去。我们生活在相同的空间里,但几十年來,我们就像是同个屋檐下的陌生人,唯一的交集是她为我准备的吃食,我们之间沒有嘘寒问暖、沒有母女间的心里话、沒有‘我爱你’。

当我注视着她,我知道在那震耳欲聋的沉默之下,藏着让她难以面对及言说的秘密 ;我知道在紧闭的双唇背后,是令她窒息且摆脱不去的耻辱。这天,我终于鼓起勇气与她开启对话,但我真的准备好去面对她将给出的答案了吗?我们又是否都能够好好面对那些已经被埋藏许久的过去?”

Director 导演

HUANG Hui-Chen is an activist, documentary filmmaker, and a full-time mom. Prior to embarking on her first feature documentary, Huang worked for NGOs such as the Taiwan International Workers Association, China Time’s Trade Union and the Taipei Documentary Worker’s Union as Secretary General, advocating for labour rights and social justice. It was during this time that she began documenting the plight of the disadvantaged and the voiceless. Her intimate profiles of the less fortunate and the exploited became tools used for social change.

黄惠侦六岁开始跟着妈妈跳阵头,二十岁转行从事社会工作,开始学习纪录片,主要关注移工、原住民及土地议题。曾任台北市纪录片工会秘书长,现为自由影像工作者及一个孩子的母亲。过去作品包括《八东病房》及《鸟将要回家》等短片。

Credits 演职员名单

Director 导演:Hui-Chen HUANG 黄惠侦
Executive Producer 执行制片人:HOU Hsiao-Hsien 侯孝贤
Producer 制片人:Diana LEE Chia-Wen 李嘉雯
Cinematographer 摄影:LIN Ting-Chieh 林鼎杰
Editor 剪辑:Jessica LIN Wan-Yu 林婉玉
Sound 音效:Kiwi Inc. & Seismic Sound Lab Ltd.
Music 音乐:LIM Giong 林强、Point 许志远

The Mulan International Film Festival runs from August 10th – 17th at Innis Town Hall and the Isabel Bader Theatre.

Tickets for this and all screenings are available online.

Details

Date:
August 12, 2018
Time:
5:15 pm - 6:45 pm
Cost:
$15
Website:
https://mulanfestival.com/index.php/small-talk/

Venue

Innis Town Hall
2 Sussex Ave.
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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Website:
https://townhall.innis.utoronto.ca

Organizer

Mulan International Film Festival
Website:
https://mulanfestival.com/