Hui-chen Huang | Taiwan | 2016 | Unclassified 18+
In this intense, highly personal film, director Hui-Chen Huang confronts the void of silence between her and her mother. The two live together but have barely talked for decades – her mother preparing all the meals but spending virtually all her time away or in her room. “One day, I finally summon up the courage to sit her down and make her talk… But am I ready to hear what she has to say? Are we ready to face what has been buried for so long?” The film was produced by the great Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-Hsien and won the Teddy Award for best LGBT documentary at the Berlinale.
“Small Talk is the director’s courageous portrayal of her family story, which gives the audience an inside look at a culture we might not be familiar with... this powerful documentary manages to be of universal significance and extremely intimate at the same time.” Berlinale Teddy Award Jury
WITHOUT CONSENT | Diane Busuttil | 2017 | 13 mins
Without Consent weaves a young woman's personal account of forced adoption in Australia in the late 1960s. It recounts the legal climate that outcast young unmarried women who were pregnant during these years, the systemized abuse they endured in the name of God as well as the stories they hid.