Small Talk – Universal eye-opener

In Updates by Marcel

On the occasion of Amsterdam Pride, CinemAsia and Volkshotel will organize a Small Talkshow as a special programming, a Small Talkshow around the Taiwanese documentary Small Talk. Director Huang Hui-chen’s documentary Small Talk was awarded the Teddy Award in the Best Documentary category during the 67th edition of the Berlinale in 2017.

Cinemasia@ Amsterdam Pride
Small Talkshow: Tiger and Elephant moms, a recipe for queer motherhood
Documentary ‘Small Talk’
Sunday 29 July 2018 | 17:30 – 18:30 | DOKA Volkshotel


Director Huang Hui-chen knows her mother surprisingly badly and uses her position as a filmmaker to better understand her. Confronted with incomprehension, frustration and resentment, Huang tries to find out why her lesbian mother has ever been married and has had children and then hardly ever to look at them; intense personal questions that she couldn’t ask without the remoteness of the camera. The answers that emerge, sketch a complex story full of abuse that is deeply rooted in Taiwan’s patriarchal society.

Huang’s quest to find out more about her own identity and her mother’s bad past raises disturbing issues that can be found in all levels of Taiwanese society and culture. From arranged marriages to spiritual practices. Small Talk, made under the guidance of executive producer Hou Hsiao-hsien, is both a deeply personal story and a universal eye-opener.

Small Talk movie