Directed by Jessey Tsang Tsui-shan
What connects us to a piece of earth time and time again? Named Best New Director at the 31st Hong Kong Film Awards for her independent feature film BIG BLUE LAKE (2011), Jessey Tsang Tsui-Shan’s new documentary weaves a revelatory tale of one family’s ties to place through the 400-year-old Ho-Chung Village Festival held every 10 years. Grandmother Lau Yu Tam-Kiu frankly recounts the poverty and hardship of farming for a living in the New Territories, as her children reflect upon their immigration and struggle to make a living in Europe.
More than an account of labor migration or clashes between tradition and modernity is a reminder of the symbiotic relationship between memory and place in identity-formation — one that brings attention to all that constitutes a place like Ho-Chung village: mountain, river, language, animals and people. Digitally animated archival footage flows through and along contemporary images as Tsang offers the endearing gestures of ritual as one possible antidote to the transformations and precariousness of a Hong Kong continually wrought with modern political and economic pressures.
– Anita Chang
Expected Guest in Attendance:
Jessey Tsang Tsui-shan (Director): March 19 screening
Co-Presenter: Hong Kong Association of Northern California
Executive Producer: Connie Lam
Producer: Christophe Dorkeld, Teresea Kwong, Farid Rezakallah
Cinematographer: Lee Kai-Wo, Jam Yau
Editor: Mary Stephen
Sound: Benny Chan
Music: Masamichi Shigeno