Animated Documentary 動畫紀實
Technical Support, Funds, Co-producer, Distribution Partner, Festival Screening, Impact Partners and NGOs
This animated documentary chronicles the emotional journey of Mr Willy LAW Wai Cheung, a disability-rights activist breaking through physical and societal boundaries in Hong Kong.
Ah Cheung was born with birth asphyxia, which caused him to be paralysed for life after only one minute without oxygen. Before the age of 11, he had never left his home — an apartment in a 7-storey public housing without elevators. He was often left lying on the ground alone to eat and do his business until his family came back from work. When he felt lonely, he chatted with the mice who came for his food. He said later in his life was full of “adventures” — passing his public exams by writing with a pen in his mouth, learning how to speak confidently by watching CHOW Yun Fat’s movies, becoming the first wheelchair-bound insurance agent in Hong Kong. He said he learnt perseverance and diligence from his loving mother who had never given up on him. In the last months of his life, he once again felt that life was out of control… He left an unfinished dream: people with different abilities sharing the work of a library where connections to knowledge and the community have no boundaries.
Director’s Statement 導演闡述
Since I graduated from the film school 10 years ago, I have been looking for a storyworld to create my directing debut. I want to tell a story about one’s life and fate, and their relationships with others and the place they belong. In 2020, I met a protagonist with a perfect story — Ah Cheung who spent his whole life breaking through limitations and bridging the gap of social mobility to promote “independent living” of people with disabilities in Hong Kong. With an aim to tell his emotional journey from his POV, I am working with Macao award-winning animation director John Wong to recreate how Ah Cheung overcame his psychological barriers. John’s vivid and boundless style makes him a perfect partner for me to bring together real footage and animation in the film. Our endeavour of creative freedom resonates with Ah Cheung’s desire for freedom. Facing a sense of powerlessness in the real world, we hope this film can portrait the beauty and the strength of this life legend as a love letter to people who are struggling in life.
SO Ka Ue 蘇家榆
SO Ka Ue graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. She worked for Oscar-winning filmmaker Ruby YANG as an editing assistant for In Search Of Perfect Consonances and Ritoma, and as an editor for China’s Forgotten Daughters. Her works also include Dong Pui Sun And Me and the post-production of Helios, Trivisa, Three and Anita.
蘇家榆畢業於香港演藝電影電視學院。曾擔任奧斯卡得獎導演楊紫燁《尋找完美第五度》 及《仁多瑪》 剪接助理， 及執剪《江南女兒》、《董培新與我》。她亦有參與多部香港電影後期製作，作品包括《樹大招風》、《梅艷芳》。
Animation Director 動畫導演
John WONG 黃榮俊
John WONG Weng Chon is a post-90s Macao director who graduated from the Department of Communications Design at Shih Chien University in Taiwan. His short film Wong, Bitter Gourd (2019) was selected for the Animafest Zagreb student film competition and Taipei Film Festival in 2019. His latest work MUI (2021) was awarded Original Prize in Horizon Competition at the 2022 Paris International Animation Film Festival, Best Animation Short Film at Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival, Best Animation Award at South Taiwan Film Festival, and was selected for Short Film Competition at the 16th FIRST International Film Festival in Xining.
Creative & Executive Producer 創意監製及策劃人
Ruby YANG 楊紫燁
Ruby YANG is a noted Chinese American filmmaker whose work in documentary and dramatic film has earned her wide recognition, including an Academy Award, two Academy nominations, Emmy nominations, and numerous other international awards.
Currently based in Hong Kong, YANG is deeply involved in directing and producing documentary films. She founded the Hong Kong Documentary Initiative aiming to nurture the next generation of documentary filmmakers in the region. She has been teaching master-level documentary courses for students in the HKU Journalism & Media program since 2013 and will take over as the interim director of the program from July 1, 2023.
Catherine CHAN 陳芷琪
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Catherine CHAN is collaborating with five Hong Kong directors on documentary films. She was selected for EURODOC and Torino Film Lab. She is now based in Denmark to develop her start-up for audience engagement. Working with director SO Ka Ue, Ah Cheung is selected among other European projects for this year’s CEE animation workshop.
Film Unit / Production Company 影像單位 / 製作公司
Alpha Omega Projects 有段故製作
Alpha Omega Projects is a new video media company founded by Hong Kong filmmaker SO Ka Ue in 2022. We believe everyone (and every being!) has a unique story and strive to record the sparks and journeys of life through image and sound.