After the news of her mom’s passing, Ruby, a millenial photographer, visits her hometown of Taipei during Lunar New Year. Forced to quarantine, Ruby must familiarize herself with the space in which her mom once lived. She examines the framed pictures, and reminisces about childhood and her relationship with her family. Through the items in the room, she tries to understand what her mother went through when Ruby left home five years earlier. After setting up the shrine table, she tries to use it as a gateway to tell her mother about her current life, her regrets, and reflect upon their lost relationship after the death of her older brother, Sky. After going through her mother’s belongings, Ruby learns the truth of her mom’s degrading mental health and discovers how she actually did care for Ruby, and how much she and Sky were missed.

Credits

  • Lulu Chiang: Director
  • Lulu Chiang: Writer
  • Belle Tsai: Key Cast

Specifications

  • Project Type: Student
  • Runtime: 14 minutes 16 seconds
  • Completion Date: May 19, 2021
  • Production Budget: 40 USD
  • Country of Origin: Taiwan
  • Country of Filming: United States
  • Language: English, Mandarin Chinese
  • Shooting Format: Digital, Black Magic Mini Ursa
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Film Color: Color
  • Student Project: Idyllwild Arts Academy