Hang In There, Kids!
Directed by Laha Mebow
In her second feature film, Laha Mebow brings to light a moving narrative about childhood mischief and complicated family life in the Taiwanese mountains. The film follows a trio of young boys from the indigenous Sqoyaw tribe as they navigate the day-to-day: hunting, selling peaches, chatting up tourists, and going to class and after-school programs (or sometimes ditching them), all while dealing with rough household troubles. These big dreamers go to Taipei for their last sixth-grade field trip and help their handicapped after-school instructor (Played by Albee Huang) in the process. What the boys end up finding is some closure to their own personal sagas.
The film won five accolades at the 2016 Taipei Film Festival, including the Grand Prize, and it is Taiwan’s submission in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 2017 Academy Awards. With charming performances, stunning scenery, a bouncy score and poignant songs, it’s no wonder this feature has already captured the hearts of many. This spirited tale about youth and overcoming difficult circumstances is one that will touch its audience long after the final fadeout.
Co-presented by: TAP-SF
Writer: Laha Mebow
Executive Producer/Producer: Ai-Lun Chu
Cinematographer: Ming Wang
Editor: Chien-Chih Chen
Sound: Duu-Chih Tu
Cast: Albee Huang, Buya Watan, Watan Silan, Suyan Pito