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Turning 18

Turning 18


Date & Tickets

Wed 6 March 15:15 – Kriterion K2 TICKETS

Sun 10 March 12:30 – Kriterion K2 TICKETS
this screening is preceed by The Memory of Water 

Dutch premiere

Region

Taiwan
2018

Language

Mandarin

Subtitles

English

Length

87 m.

Genre

Coming-of-age documentary

Turning 18

Chen and Pei, two Taiwanese indigenous teenager girls, come from broken homes. Chen takes care of her nine siblings and drunk mother, finding occasional comfort in Taekwondo and dreams of leaving. Pei lives with her boyfriend to escape from an abusive home. The girls meet during a summer internship, but in the years leading to their 18th birthday, their lives take a major turn into two very different paths.

Continuing with her acclaimed series on marginalised communities and socio-economic issues, Ho Chao-ti (El Salvador Journal, 2008) follows the rocky paths of her fragile subjects for several years in this beautiful yet heartbreaking documentary. Turning 18 depicts a pure coming-of-age story while addressing poverty in rural Taiwan, LGBTQ rights and sexual abuse. Despite the girls’ harrowing experiences, a special mother-daughter relationship reveals the courage it takes to change in order to pursue happiness.

 

 

Wed 6 March 15:15 – Kriterion K2 TICKETS

Sun 10 March 12:30 – Kriterion K2 TICKETS
This screening is preceded by The Memory of Water 

Director

Ho Chao-ti


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