Film Title

Sister Kam
Director: Lo Chun-yip


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Production Country Hong Kong
Production Year 2013
Duration 23’44”
Colour Color
Language In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
Genre Documentary
Shooting Format HD
Synopsis As you step into that restaurant, French music plays. The colour scheme is mainly red and black, and the décor has a slightly cultural flavour. You keep going to the bathroom next to the back entrance, and perhaps you’ll see the dishwashing woman. She is taking a nap standing, with her hands still in the plastic bucket—a scene more surreal than the restaurant itself. Her name is Sister Kam.
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Remarks shared after Festival visit

“I have directed several short films since 2008. Meanwhile, I’m an actor and organiser of a student film festival in Hong Kong. I’ve been to Saint Petersburg OPEN CINEMA International Film Festival in 2011 under the sponsorship of NAE short film.

This time, thanks to NAE, I had a chance to discover one of the biggest short film festivals in the world: Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Festival and market and to present my documentary «Sister KAM».

Frankly speaking, this documentary is not targeting global audience and people who watch it are supposed to have already acquired at least a basic knowledge of Hong Kong society. Surprisingly, after screening, a French lady aged 70 told me that she really liked this documentary even she couldn’t understand everything. She would like to know more about the working status and senior citizens welfare in Hong Kong. She is very interested in the welfare system in other countries. I’m glad to see that local senior citizens have enjoyed our screening. It’s a very popular phenomenon here in France that retired people love going to the cinema and I can tell that they fall in love with cinema they were young. The cinema culture has been formed several decades.

I can see there were international professionals, amazing audience and a powerful network in Clermont Ferrand Short Film Festival. Comparing to the short film projects in Hong Kong film festivals, it’s neither the same level, nor the same quantity.

Thanks to this trip, I am inspired, especially for the story-telling structure. In Hong Kong, the film academy students have been trained to make feature films at the very beginning. After that, they try to reduce and edit a feature-length creation into a short version. But here, we can see a real short film structure. I’m planning for my new short film project. I am going to reconsider my structure and create something more international. ”

— Shared by Lo Chun-yip, director of Sister KAM, after attending Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival & Market 2016 in France, under the sponsorship of NAE.

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