Small Talk

2021 TAIWANfest - Small Talks
Hui-Chen Huang

Hui-chen Huang

Taiwanese Film Director

“A conversation that can only begin when you are ready.”

Through seemingly ordinary daily conversations, documentary director Hui-Chen Huang carefully recounts memories of growing up with a mother whose work as a Taoist priest involved aiding spirits in passing on from the mortal world, a physically abusive father, and the insecurities born from an absence of maternal love in an attempt to understand her estranged mother. Regarding the open secret of her mother’s homosexuality, a daughter also reveals the shameful secret she had kept hidden in her heart. Across this dining table, a symbol of the traditional values of womanhood, a woman who has cut ties with her family must face her own daughter. The camera, both a weapon and a mirror, creates the opportunity for mother and daughter to face the unspoken past, and mend their relationship to start anew.

About The Artist

Hui-chen is an activist, documentary filmmaker, and mother of a precocious little girl. Prior to embarking on her first feature doc, Hui-chen worked for NGOs such as the Taiwan International Workers Association and China Times’ Trade Union, advocating for labour rights and social justice. It was during this time that she began documenting the plight of the disadvantaged and the voiceless. Her intimate profiles of the less fortunate and the exploited became tools used for social change.

Hui-Chen Huang

Hui-Chen Huang

Taiwanese Film Director

“A conversation that can only begin when you are ready.”

Through seemingly ordinary daily conversations, documentary director Hui-Chen Huang carefully recounts memories of growing up with a mother whose work as a Taoist priest involved aiding spirits in passing on from the mortal world, a physically abusive father, and the insecurities born from an absence of maternal love in an attempt to understand her estranged mother. Regarding the open secret of her mother’s homosexuality, a daughter also reveals the shameful secret she had kept hidden in her heart. Across this dining table, a symbol of the traditional values of womanhood, a woman who has cut ties with her family must face her own daughter. The camera, both a weapon and a mirror, creates the opportunity for mother and daughter to face the unspoken past, and mend their relationship to start anew.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Hui-chen is an activist, documentary filmmaker, and mother of a precocious little girl. Prior to embarking on her first feature doc, Hui-chen worked for NGOs such as the Taiwan International Workers Association and China Times’ Trade Union, advocating for labour rights and social justice. It was during this time that she began documenting the plight of the disadvantaged and the voiceless. Her intimate profiles of the less fortunate and the exploited became tools used for social change.

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