In-production

Turning 18

by HO Chao-ti

In Taiwanese/Chinese society, home is a place from which they seek warmth and support. But for Hui-chen, it is a place full of painful memories. Only when she escapes from her family will she get her own life back.

After turning 18, Hui-chen has to make a choice. Born in a broken indigenous family, she has been searching for an ideal home. Should she leave home? Will she be able to do that even if she decides to? Young girls who run away from home are still stigmatised in our society, and they are expected to return to their families. Nonetheless, when the only thing their families give them is endless harm, is leaving home an irresponsible escape or an action of taking responsibility for themselves?

AWARDS & FESTIVALS

2016 Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund - Busan Bank Fund
2015 GZDOC - Most Market Potential
2012 Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program - Grant


TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Producer: Iikka VEHKALAHTI,Don EDKINS
Total Budget (USD): 200,000
Funding in Place (USD): 130,000
Running Time: 90/50 mins
Year of Completion: 2017
Director: HO Chao-ti

ABOUT DIRECTOR

HO Chao-ti

HO Chao-ti’s works have been featured in international film festivals in Europe, North America and Asia, receiving numerous awards. In recognition of her works’ artistic nature, one of her films has been screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In recent years, she has released a series of documentaries on international issues, to wide acclaim.

ABOUT PRODUCER

Iikka VEHKALAHTI

Iikka is the executive producer of Rough Cut Service and Dare To Dream Asia. His own company IV Films produces documentaries and provides training programmes. Iikka worked as a commissioning editor for the Finnish broadcasting company YLE Documentaries from 1998 to 2015. He was also an executive producer for Steps for the Future and one of the series producers for Why Democracy.

ABOUT PRODUCER

Don EDKINS

Don EDKINS is a South African documentary filmmaker and producer based in Cape Town. He has produced documentary projects that have been broadcast and screened to audiences around the world, such as Steps for the Future, Why Democracy? and Why Poverty? He is currently the executive producer of AfriDocs and Dare to Dream Asia.