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2017 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

Taiwanese documentary clinches another int’l award at Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

Posted May 6th, 2017 by Visual Communications in Press


By Judy Lin from Taiwan News


TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—Award-winning Taiwanese documentary, Small Talk (日常對話), about a lesbian mother who kept her sexual orientation a secret for decades, won the Festival Audience Award at Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival that took place from April 27-May 4, 2017 in U.S.

Festival Audience Award at Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival is the only award choice made by the audience at the film festival, and director Huang Hui-chen (黃惠偵) powerful narration in the film made it one of the top five most anticipated movies at the event.

The film directed by 39-year-old Huang documents her mother, Anu’s, coming out experience, and her relationship with Huang’s abusive father was the result of recording daily conversations over the dinner table over a span of two decades.

For many years, Anu, a Taoist priestess with a gambling habit was a closeted lesbian living under the patriarchic traditional Taiwanese culture and society.

On a journey back to Anu’s hometown, Huang delves into her mother’s life, and interviews extended family members, close friends, and even her mother’s former lovers.

This marks the second international award that 39-year-old female director Huang Hui-chen (黃惠偵) has won this year, the film was awarded a Teddy Award at the 67th Berlin film festival in February this year, and the Audience Choice Award of the 53rd Golden Film Festival.

Her film shows to international audiences how the LGBTQ experience can be universal and relatable.