A Film By Wu-Ching Chang
Officially Selected at Academy Award and BAFTA Qualifying Festivals—
★ Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival
★ St. Louis International Film Festiva
★ Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival
★ Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival
★ Guanajuato International Film Festival
★ SIGGRAPH Asia
｜OFFICIAL SELECTIONS & AWARDS｜
Mindanao Film Festival, Philippine｜Official Selection
New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival, Best Selection of Taiwan Ani-Cup, Japan｜ Invited Screening
Virginia Dares Cinematic Arts Awards｜Official Selection
SIGGRAPH Asia 2021, Computer Animation Festival｜Official Selection
Euroshorts Festival｜Official Selection
Athena Film Festival, the USA｜Official Selection
St. Louis International Film Festival, the USA｜Official Selection
Calcutta International Cult Film Festival｜Award Winner
Sunday Shorts Film Festival｜Audience Award
Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival｜Official Selection
33 Girona Film Festival｜Official Selection
Manchester Animation Festival｜Official Selection
Multicultural Film Festival｜Invited Screening
Taichung International Animation Festival｜Official Selection
Guanajuato International Film Festival｜Official Selection
International Short Film Festival of Cyprus｜Official Selection
Ars Electronica, Garden Taipei Formosa｜Invited Screening
Kaohsiung Film Festival｜Official Selection
Women Make Waves Film Festival｜Jury Special Mention Award
Cultural Animation Film Festiva｜Official Selection
Encounters Film Festival｜Official Selection
DMZ International Documentary Film Festival｜Official Selection
Florida Animation Festival｜Official Selection
Screwdriver International Student Film Festival｜Official Selection
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival｜Official Selection
My grandmother was a T’ung-yang-hsi. It is a traditional practice of pre-arranged marriage, selling a young girl to another family to be raised as a future daughter-in-law.
Focusing on female issues, the film aims to reflect upon women’s oppression and struggle for freedom. Trying to be true to the historical context in Taiwan, the narration is based on interviews with the director’s grandmother’s children, and research in feminism in animated short films during the pre-production stage. From microscopic to macroscopic, from personal witness to general phenomenon in society, the audiences may glimpse the long past, imagine women’s situation in our own times, and look forward to striving for real gender equality in the future.
Egg is an important symbol in the film. As the metaphor of women in the film, the eggs are the symbolization of the productive roles in the male-dominated society. After labor and oppression experienced by a T’ung-yang-hsi, the film reaches its climax with Hakka ‘Old Mountain Song’ combined with turbulent waves. Behind the rail track, there is the sea. Across the sea, therein lies freedom.
Eggs are fragile but tough. My grandmother is an egg.
Director, Producer, Screenwriter｜Wu-Ching Chang
Production Designer｜Wu-Ching Chang
Art Director｜Wu-Ching Chang
Animation Assistant｜Lok Yi Tsoi, Bouchra Fadil
Audio Advisor｜ Alan Chung-An, Ou
Sound Designer｜Wu-Ching Chang, Chuan-Chi Lin, Markus Andreas
Title Music Composer｜Jen-Shuo Chen
Additional Sound Effects Editor｜Alston Hsu
Voice｜Yung-Yu Chang, Yu-Lin Chang, Yu-Chin Chang, Yu-Jan Chang
Lyricer｜Wei Fang Jia
Singer｜Xue Ying Chang
Re-recording Mixer, Dialogue Editor, Sound Effects Editor, Foley Recordist, Foley Editor｜Shu-Yu Chen
Foley Artist｜Jin De Lin, Shu-Yu Chen
Sound Post-Production Coordinator｜Fumi Yang
Born in Taiwan, Wu-Ching Chang is an animation director who earned MA. Animation at Royal College of Art in the UK. She is the founder of Aco Creative Ltd. She has worked on commercial and independent animation, illustration, and concept arts since 2014. She had worked as a concept and cinematic artist for Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition.
She creates films by exploring and female issues. Her films are often based on cultural context by interviews and research. Except for 2D animation with hand-painted texture, her films contain multiple experimental practices. Through visual art, she tells stories about life.
Her film ‘Bird’ won Hand-Painted Animated Shorts Award at Palm Springs Int. Animation Festival and Best Animation Short Award at Halicarnassus Film Festival. ‘Bird’ is officially selected at Norwich Film Festival.
Aco Creative Ltd.
Royal College of Art, MA. Animation Graduation Film 2020
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