The current human endeavor for “progress” seems to wipe out diversity in languages and minorities. The film Long Time No Sea 只有大海知道 screened at Cinemasia Filmfestival tells the story of the Tao, the indigenous people living on the small Orchid Island of Taiwan. The Tao has lived on the Island for more than 800 years. There are only 3,000 Tao people left. How are the Tao tear apart between their traditional way of living and the demands of modern life? What will the world miss if the Tao disappears? Listen to CRTVs interview (Mandarin) with the maker of this film, Heather Tsui.
Hong Kong cinema is renowned for its martial arts films. The first feature film Tracey 翠絲 of director Jun Li, however, is a transgender film. What are his experiences in making a controversial film in Hong Kong? Listen to CRTV’s interview with Jun Li.
Food sculpting has a profound role in the history of Chinese cuisine. Recognised as an important art in its native land in The Netherlands a very different tale is sung. Once the crown jewel of every dish in Chinese restaurants, food sculptures are now slowly disappearing and the craft threatens to go extinct. Ami Tsang and Fay Teo made a short documentary at Cinemasia FilmLab about migrant food sculptors Chen Mo and Awan. Will there be a future for food sculptures in The Netherlands, where the economical Dutch consumer reign? Listen to CRTV’s interview with Ami and Fay.
Director Huang Hui-chen from Taiwan turns the camera on her lesbian mother in hopes of repairing their fractured relationship. In intense one-on-one interviews, Huang asks her mother probing questions that she would not be able to ask without the filtering distance of her camera. This documentary won the Teddy Award at Berlin Film Festival.
What did Huang Hui-chen learnt in this documentary from her mother and herself? What does this mean to her for raising her child? Listen to CRTV’s interview with Huang Hui-chen in Mandarin.
A 16-year-old loner is struggling to find love in his life. His mother abandoned him at an early age, and his unemployed father wallows in a drunken stupor. He becomes invigorated, however, when he has an intriguing encounter with a middle-aged woman (Carina Lau) by a swimming pool and subsequently finds out she’s his new substitute teacher. The two start spending time together — their longing and fear of abandonment making their friendship take a forbidden turn.
Listen to CRTV’s interview in Cantonese with Tam Wai-ching, maker of the film In Your Dreams 以青春的名義