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14th DMZ Docs(2022)

I AM DOCU



Little Happiness

Chia-Chi KUO, Min XU, [Producer] KIM Jinhyuk, [Producer] Chin-Tong TSAI

  • Taiwan, China
  • 2022
  • 30min
  • DCP
  • color

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Synopsis

After graduation, Na WANG accepted a job arranged by her family and joined a large corporation as an employee. As her work experience grew, she adapted to her job and it got less stressful. But, her stress was replaced by the expectations of her family, who wanted her to start a family, have children, and pay off her loans etc.
 
 After graduation, Zhi-Heng FU found that his hometown needed a bookstore, so he opened an independent bookstore in June 2021. He has been reluctant to accept his family's expectations and arrangements for life, and even though it was very likely that he will lose money when opening an independent bookstore right when the covid-19 epidemic was worst in Taiwan, he just wanted to do what he wanted to do and still wants.
 
 Na WANG and Zhi-Heng FU are exemplary for the two ways young people today can choose to live: one strives for stability and one pursues personal happiness. Both kinds have their own difficulties, and both have to face the family’s expectations. But how do they overcome these difficulties and what is it, that motivates them to go on with their way to live?​

Director

  • Chia-Chi KUO

    She is from Miaoli, Taiwan. She studies documentary at Tainan National University of the Arts(TNNUA). She always enjoyed watching movies. She hopes she can continue to capture her feelings about life and the city she lives in in moving pictures. She is interested in issues about social changes, gender and education. ​ 

  • Min XU

    She is from Anhui, China. She graduated from the Painting Department of the Academy of Fine Arts of Yunnan Arts University. She has worked in the Yunnan FROM OUR EYES Rural Documentary And Culture Research Centre and also in government agencies. Currently she is studying at the National Art Institute of Yunnan Arts University, majoring in art theory.  

  • [Producer] KIM Jinhyuk

    He worked as a producer at the Korea Educational Broadcasting(EBS) Corporation from 2002 to 2013. His representative production is ‘Knowledge Channel e’. Since 2016, he has been a professor at the Korea National University of Arts, where he has taught documentary courses. In 2017, he directed a documentary film <7 years> featuring stories of laid off journalists. In 2002, he filmed a documentary called based on the history of pro-Japanese during the colonial era of Japan Imperialism in Korea. ​ 

  • [Producer] Chin-Tong TSAI

    A professor of the Graduate Institute of Documentary & Film Archiving at Tainan National University of the Arts, Taiwan. His interests include social movement, global capitalism, cultural industry & visual sociology. ​ 

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