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HSU Ya-ting, Geoffrey HUGHES
The River is an experimental short documenting the repetitively traumatic nature of pregnancy. Director HSU Ya-ting explores childbirth and the physical and emotional toll that childbirth took on her personally. In her film, HSU uses her body as a canvas, providing viewers with the most intimate view of what the female body is subjected to when bringing a pregnancy to term. Images of HSU accompany impressionistic depictions of her fetus in utero, and images of rivers suggesting both hope and menace, amongst other things. HSU and her husband invite audiences to partake in their shared nine-month journey.
The River is an experimental film that is a sensational description of the film director’s own experience with pregnancy. The director uses the image of a river to express a physical and emotional shock that is overwhelmed by anticipation, nervousness, anxiety, and intimidation. The string music played to the black and white images effectively conveys these complicated yet sensitive emotions. What other sensations will this woman experience after childbirth? The depiction of the woman’s body leaving the water, as well as her reflection behind, poses questions on the impact that pregnancy and childbirth has on the female identity. (CHO HyeYoung)
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Ya-ting HSU received an MFA degree from the FVNM department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. For her, making art is not only about creating but about rediscovering things that matter, as well. The processes associated with creating works of art allow her to rediscover the world frame by frame. HSU makes documentary, narrative and experimental films. She embraces all the possibilities that filmmaking has to offer. The River, is her first collaboration with her husband, Geoffrey HUGHES.
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