FOCUS: Docu-Memories – a glimpse into Taiwanese Documentary Cinema
Two indigenous Taiwanese girls on the cusp of adulthood are the focus of this moving documentary.
Growing up in a broken household with an alcoholic mother, Hui-chen takes comfort in practising taekwondo at school whilst dreaming of a better future out in the city. In a similar situation is Pei-yi, who stays with her boyfriend to escape the abuse she suffers at home. When they meet at a vocational training programme, the lives of the two girls, both on the cusp of turning 18, start to change.
Sensitive but not saccharine, Turning 18 is an unflinching examination of girlhood with occasional bouts of tenderness. As a sharp-eyed commentary on the issue of rural poverty in Taiwan, the film confronts issues ranging from the casual racism faced by the country’s indigenous community, to the sexual abuse of minors, to LGBTQ rights, all wrapped in a universal tale of coming of age.
Cast & Credits
Ho Chao-ti have been featured in International film festival in Europe, North America and Asia, receiving numerous awards. In recognition of her work’s artistic nature, one of her film has been screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In recent years, she has released a series of documentaries on international issues, to wide acclaim.
Liao Ching-song, Ho Chao-ti