Turning 18

未來無恙 | Ho Chao-Ti | Taiwan | 2018 | 87 minutes

SYNOPSIS

Growing up in a broken household with an alcoholic mother, Hui-chen takes comfort in practising taekwondo at school whilst dreaming of a better future out in the city. In a similar situation is Pei-yi, who stays with her boyfriend to escape the abuse she suffers at home. When they meet at a vocational training programme, the lives of the two girls, both on the cusp of turning 18, start to change.

Sensitive but not saccharine, Turning 18 is an unflinching examination of girlhood with occasional bouts of tenderness. As a sharp-eyed commentary on the issue of rural poverty in Taiwan, the film confronts issues ranging from the casual racism faced by the country’s indigenous community, to the sexual abuse of minors, to LGBTQ rights, all wrapped in a universal tale of coming of age.

OTHER DETAILS

Production Company
Conjunction Films

Website
Facebook page

PROGRAMS PARTICIPATED

Dare to Dream Asia
Docs By The Sea 2017

ACHIEVEMENT

World Premiere
Sheffield
Doc/Fest
2018

Media Recommendation Award
Taipei
Film Festival
2019

Best Female Director Award
of the Youth Jury
Cinemasia Film Festival
2019

Official Selection
Singapore International
Film Festival
2018

Official Selection
Busan International
Film Festival
2018

Busan Bank Fund
Asian Network of
Documentaries
2016

Grant
Sundance Documentary
Film Program
2012

FILMMAKERS

Turning 18-Ho Chao-Ti

HO CHAO-TI
DIRETOR, PRODUCER

Ho Chao-ti is a producer and director of documentary films. For several years she has made films centered on marginalized communities and non-mainstream issues, such as the impact of globalization and contemporary cultural hybridity. Distinguished by her unique vision, her works have been featured in international film festivals in Europe, North America and Asia, receiving numerous awards, and also MoMA in New York. She was also the production director for the Taipei office of CNEX Foundation.

Turning 18-Liao Ching-Song

LIAO CHING-SONG
PRODUCER

Born in 1950, he began his career as an editing technician at the Central Motion Picture Corp (CMPC), and edited many of the Taiwan New Wave works, such as In Our Time (1982), The Sandwich Man (1983), The Terrorist (1987), and Dust of Angels (1992). In particular, he began working with Hou Hsiao-Hsien on military documentaries at CMPC, and has been responsible for editing most of his works ever since. He has also directed several films and has served as a producer on “Millennium Mambo”.

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