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Special Jury Prize / Taiwan International Documentary Festival 2009 Program Note
The best Taiwanese film / Women Make Waves Film Festival 2009
Ever since the director learned to hold a camera, she gazed at her father through the lens all the time. After her father was diagnosed with cancer, they went through all kinds of treatment together. Regardless of whether it is loss or gain, hope or sorrow, this unbreakable connection supported them to the very last moment and never faded away.
The director always has been with her father since her mother passed away when she was young. The two were the only family left to each other to depend on. They shared the hope and sadness. And from the moment she learned how to use a camera, she saw her father through the camera lens. When her father gets cancer, therefore, she starts to record the course of his medical treatment. She eventually finds she also has the cancer. She chooses to have alternative medicine such as Yoga, while her father takes the medical care at the modern hospital equipped with the latest technology.
The director uses her camera to replace her own life in documenting the heavy days her father and herself grappling with cancer. With no other alternatives, it was days of helplessness and soundlessness. Humans’ internal states are hard to portray; however, the author genuinely captures what goes on in the hearts and minds during the treatment, and she cries out her feelings with the brilliant use of images and sounds. What’s more significant and making this film convincing is the examination of modern medicine. My heart goes to the director and I admire her bravery to face up to every scene. It’s something only a female director is capable of. (WANG Weitsy)
Special Jury Prize / Taiwan International Documentary Festival 2009
HSU Hui-JuHSU Hui-Ju
Hsu Hui-Ju was born in Kaohsiung in 1975. In 2001, her first film Butter-Fly awarded by S-An Culture Foundation as The best creative documentary film. Since then, her second film Hard Good Life won New Asian Currents Awards of Excellence at Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival in 2003. In 2005 her third film Inside invited to South Taiwan Film &Video Festival. Her latest film Hard Good Life 2 awarded by Taiwan International Documentary Film Festival as Special Jury Prize and nominated by Visions du Reel Festival international de cinema.