The River

by HSU Ya-ting,Geoffrey HUGHES

The River is an experimental short documenting the repetitively traumatic nature of pregnancy. Director HSU Ya-ting explores childbirth and the physical and emotional toll that childbirth took on her personally. In her film, HSU uses her body as a canvas, providing viewers with a most intimate view of what the female body is subjected to when bringing a pregnancy to term. Images of HSU accompany impressionistic depictions of her fetus in utero, and images of rivers suggesting both hope and menace, among other things. HSU and her husband invite audiences to partake in their shared nine-month journey.


2017 Ann Arbor Film Festival - Asian Focus
2017 Golden Harvest Awards - Best Experimental Film Nomination
2017 Chiayi City International Art Documentary Film Festival
2016 Les Femmes Underground International Film Festival
2016 Los Angeles CineFest
2016 San Diego Underground Film Festival
2016 Artcroft Film and Video Festival
2016 Toronto Arthouse Film Festival


Running Time: 12 mins
Year of Completion: 2016
Color: Black and white
Director: HSU Ya-ting,Geoffrey HUGHES


HSU Ya-ting

HSU Ya-ting received an MFA degree from the FVNM department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009; for her, making art is not only about creating but about rediscovering things that matter, as well. Filmmaking allows her to rediscover the world from an artist’s point of view. The processes associated with creating works of art allow her to rediscover the world frame by frame.


Geoffrey HUGHES

Geoffrey HUGHES believes—simply—that a director can only develop and maintain a consistent and coherent visual style if he/she has complete control of their work.