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Light of the Setting Sun

Directed by Vicky Du

Cast: BINGHONG DU 杜秉鴻, HUIFANG DU 杜慧芳, HUIFEN DU 杜慧芬, HUIHSIN DU 楊慧馨, QIONGCHING DU 杜瓊清, SUJEN DU 何蘇珍, SYUNGCHING DU 杜雄清, JUNPING LIN 林君玶

We join Vicky as she follows traces of faded memory and mix-matched clues in a growing wonder of ‘what exactly happened?’. Candid conversations meet photographic scenes, as the details of violence begin to take shape, and we witness how deep the secrets were held in the members of her family. When immigration to a far away place like the US should feel like an appropriate distance to leave everything behind, it’s not. It can’t ever be. Light of The Setting Sun is a poetic family portrait of what’s been left unsaid and how the shadows of the Chinese Communist Revolution of 1949 would leave indelible scars on her family. We find ourselves rooting for the truth, no matter how challenging the memories are to bear – and in that, we behold the power of the storyteller that asks the necessary in order to break generational trauma.

content advisory : mentions of suicide / suicidal ideation / war violence and torture