Dear Daughter | 給女兒的信

Documentary 紀實


Production Stage
Complete First Cut

Total Budget
US$ 268,885

Logline 故事摘要
Letters from prison by Vietnamese refugee Tran The Manh to his daughter in Sweden and the filmmaker, tells the struggles of a man haunted by his diasporic past and locked in the cycles of poverty. 


Synopsis 故事大綱
Dear Daughter tells the story of Tran The Manh, a Vietnamese refugee in Hong Kong. 40 years after he fled the war in Vietnam, Mạnh was still fighting against the demons of diasporic trauma, while being locked in the vicious cycles of poverty, drugs and crime. In spite of knife fights and forced evictions, Manh rebuilds his home in the streets again and again, and holds onto the faintest ray of hope by writing to his daughter in Sweden. As the documentary process unfolds, the film also chronicles the growing affection between Manh and the filmmaker. Through a narrative built upon their letters exchanged while Manh was in prison, the film gradually becomes a vessel that contains the hopes and pains of both. 


Director’s Statement 導演闡述
This story is about familial bonds severed by war and conflicts. 49 years have passed, and the aftermath of the Vietnam War and diaspora lingers on, deep in the psyche of a man struggling to survive at the bottom of society. Through documenting the plight of a Vietnamese refugee who reminds me of my own father, I wish to tell a story about three generations of a family affected by war and displacement. In recent years, thousands of Hong Kong families are immigrating every day. While past wounds remain unhealed after many decades, new wounds are still being created. Even so, we will never stop rebuilding our homes. I hope this film can help to shed some light on our world and our times. 


Director 導演

Cheng Oi Yue, Jo 鄭藹如
Jo Cheng completed her Master’s degrees in Social Work and Health Psychology before she went on to learn documentary filmmaking with Tammy Cheung and Ying Liang. After directing two earlier short documentary films Via Dolorosa (2014) and 310 Tung Chau Street (2016), she is now working on her first feature-length documentary, Dear Daughter.


Producer 監製

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 is now the Director of the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at the University of Hong Kong.

楊紫燁是美籍華裔電影工作者,作品曾獲第79屆奧斯卡最佳紀錄短片獎、第83屆奧斯卡最佳紀錄短片獎提名及多個國際獎項,2011年當選奧斯卡金像獎評委。楊紫燁現居香港,從事紀錄片拍攝與教學,她成立 「香港紀錄片拓展計劃」,指導並培育新一代的紀錄片工作者。她現為香港大學新聞及傳媒中心總監。