Directed by Hui-chen Huang
Taiwanese filmmaker Hui-Chen Huan has shared a roof with her mother, A-nu, for her entire life. Yet the two have never been anything more than strangers. But when Hui-Chen has her first child, she realizes that she can no longer bear not knowing her mother. This brutally honest documentary follows Hui-Chen’s attempt to finally understand the mystery that is her mother.
Through interviews with her mother, her family, and her mother’s many ex-girlfriends, Hui-Chen unearths a picture of a deeply dissatisfied woman forced into a life she never wanted. There is no shying away from the painful truth, and the truth revealed in SMALL TALK is almost entirely painful. Behind each smiling recollection an ex of A-nu’s has is a sense of regret and hurt, of missed opportunities and lost love.
It is truly rare to see a documentary so unafraid to confront the harsh realities of a life not well-lived and a mother-daughter relationship that may be beyond repair. It is both devastating and moving, a testament to the power of documentary filmmaking and the raw emotion that can be captured only by the camera.
Screening made possible by: Taiwanese American Professionals (TAP NY); OCA-NY, Taiwanese American Association of NY (TAANY)