My Grandmother Is an Egg

Animation, Biopic, Documentary, Short
8:07 mins
Taiwan
Mandarin Chinese

Trailer

https://filmfreeway.com/submissions/21363718

Synopsis

The film reflects the fragility and resilience of a woman who faced oppression from unjust Confucian traditions in Asia. It aims to reflect upon women’s oppression and struggle for freedom.

As a child, the director’s grandmom was brought to another family to be raised as a future daughter-in-law in a productive role, known as the tradition of T’ung-yang-hsi. It is a tradition of pre-arranged marriage and she was assigned to do all the household chores and was not allowed to receive higher education. The narration is based on interviews with the director’s grandmother’s children. Egg is an important symbol in the film. Symbolically, eggs play a significant role in the film, representing women as they assume their designated roles in a male-dominated society. Through the depiction of the labor and oppression endured by T’ung-yang-hsi participants, the film reaches its climax with the poignant combination of the Hakka ‘Old Mountain Song’ and tumultuous waves. Behind the rail track, there is the sea. Across the sea, therein lies freedom.

From microscopic to macroscopic, from personal witnesses to the general phenomena in society, the audiences may glimpse the long past, imagine women’s situation in our own times, and look forward to striving for real gender equality in the future. Egg is life per se. Eggs are fragile, but at the same time tough. My grandmother is an egg.

Title: 

My Grandmother Is an Egg

Production Year: 

2022

Director: 

Casts: 

Hu Hsu Chin-Mei Chang

Other Credits:

Lok Yi Tsoi-Animation Assistant; Bouchra Fadil-Animation Assistant ;Alan Ou-Audio Advisor; Wen-Hsin Wang-Audio Advisor; Wu-Ching Chang-Sound Designer; Markus Andreas-Sound Designer; Chuan-Chi Lin-Sound Designer; Nahum Strickland-Composer ;Jen-Shuo Chen-Music; Yung-Yu Chang-Voice Yu-Lin; ChangVoice Yu-ChinChang-Voice; Yu-Jan Chang-Voice; Yu-Hsia Chang-Talent; Wei-Fang Jia-Lyrice;r; Xue-Ying Chang-Singer ; Shu-yu Chen-Re-recording Mixer, Dialogue Editor, Sound Effects Editor, Foley Recordist, Foley Editor; Jin De Lin-Foley Artist; Shu-yu Chen-Foley Artist; Fumi Yang-Sound Post-Production Coordinator; Alston Hsu-Additional Sound Effects Editor; Zi-Hui Yu-Japanese Translator; Alice Valbon-German Translator; Léon Moh-Cah-French Translator;

Producer: 

Wu-Ching Chang

Writer: 

Wu-Ching Chang

Editor: 

Wu-Ching Chang

Production Design:

Wu-Ching Chang

Animator:

Wu-Ching Chang

Director's Interview

Festival: 

2023

Category: 

New Wave filmmaker (Student)

Country: 

Taiwan

Language: 

Mandarin Chinese

Director's Statement

The film is based on the director’s grandmother’s experience as a T’ung-yang-hsi, a traditional practice of pre-arranged marriage where a young girl is sold or given away to another family to be raised as a future daughter-in-law. This tradition has vanished for decades, but its patriarchal shadow still lingers.

Focusing on female issues, the film aims to reflect on women’s oppression and their struggle for freedom. Striving for historical accuracy in Taiwan, the narrative is based on interviews with the director’s grandmother’s children and research on feminism in animated short films conducted during the pre-production stage.

Eggs are a significant symbol in the film. They are fragile yet tough, symbolizing women’s productive roles in a male-dominated society. After depicting the labor and oppression experienced by a T’ung-yang-hsi, the film reaches its climax with the Hakka ‘Old Mountain Song’ set against turbulent waves. Behind the railroad tracks lies the sea, representing freedom.

Beyond 2D animation with hand-painted textures, the film incorporates multiple experimental techniques, including animating with eggs, egg whites, and egg yolks, digital cut-out animation, and painting on old photos. It also features historical archives, like the Household Registration Transcript from when Taiwan was under Japanese rule.

The film moves from personal witness to a broader societal phenomenon, offering audiences a glimpse into the past and imagining women’s situations in contemporary times, while looking forward to gender equality in the future. It also aims to provide fresh insights into the impact of social norms and power structures on everyday life.

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