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To Heaven,To Gather

Li-Yue Chang
Taiwan, 2018, 24 min.

In Mandarin and Taiwanese with English subtitles.
This film is family friendly.

AIFF Award Winner:
Best Global Short

Three-year-old Xiao Wu and her goat have been dropped off at an orphanage. Xiao Wu is different from the other orphans. She locks herself in her little world with her goat, isolating herself and refusing to communicate with the outside world. Finally, she solves her problem with her imagination.

Director's Statement

The story of To Heaven, To Gather discusses people's faith and actions when losing hope. What is more interesting about the film is the experimental spirit of bringing about the most realistic performances. For the process of being socialized to a particular culture, we tend to put on the masks that the society expects us to. Therefore, even the people in the documentary will "˜act' differently due to the awareness of the camera. Who could achieve the most realistic performances probably? Thus, I made a two-and-half-year-old child star in the film. For she is still pure, with little deception but whole human emotions. While the audiences feel the truth the protagonist carries out, they also create the world of the film together with other actors.

Category: Drama, Award Winner.
Themes: Culture, World Cinema, Youth.

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