When the Tide Rises
在校期间创作过多部作业短片，其中包括剧情短片《Homeland》及《In Spring We Part》等。 《沄沄》是首部独立制作的剧情短片。目前正担任剧情短片《Anti-Venom for a Snake》的制片人，以及纪录短片《Healing in Color》的制片人。
Cast｜Junfan Wei, Jing Fang, Nuotong Chen
Genre｜Featured Short Film
Production Company｜Independently Produced
When homosexuality was depathologized in China in 2002, it still remained a taboo for the most. Homosexual lovers lived in the shadow of marginalization, defending their silent love against the prying gazes.
It is also in this year that Xia Gu and Amber Zheng, two lesbian lovers, choose to adopt the 10-year-old Ellie from the orphanage.
Yet facing the strong opposition from her traditional parents, Xia is torn in halves and forced to rethink what a family truly means to her. At the same time, her self-doubt also stirs up insecurities inside Amber and Ellie. When she decides to return to hometown to take care of her suicidal mother, the tension in this newly formed family mounts up once again…
Currently a Bachelor of Fine Arts at University of Southern California, School of Cinematic Arts, majoring in Film & Television Production and minoring in Art History. During my 4 years in Los Angeles, I started to grow interest in a gendered narrative and have kept exploring diverse stories featuring Asian characters.
In USC, I’ve created multiple curriculum-based short projects, including Homeland and In Spring We Part. However, When the Tide Rises is my first independent film project outside of school. I am also currently producing an independent short film titled Anti-Venom for a Snake, which is currently in the post-production stage in Los Angeles, and a documentary short film titled Healing in Color.
When the Tide Rises depicts the nuanced emotions between a lesbian couple and the child they adopt. Yet the film is much more than that. It also discusses what it takes to accept and embrace one’s own identity under a hostile societal environment and explores the desire for love and family in a private, intimate sphere.
The story began to take shape during my research of the 1999 Adoption Law of mainland China. It stated that the adopter must be over 30 years old, and that a homosexual couple could not legally conduct the act of adoption as a family unit. And the millennium marked a turning point for the homosexual community in China, as homosexuality was decriminalized in 1997 and depathologized in 2001. Yet it still remained a taboo in the society. For a 30-year-old lesbian, marriage, family, and identity are topics which are difficult to escape. How to maintain her own independent choice and self-respect in the general environment is the question that these topics ultimately point to.
Chinese films have always suffered from the absence of lesbian representations, and in an age where more and more women are longing to be seen and heard, I want to dedicate this film to all the females in my life. It was the vigor, wisdom, and adamancy that they represent truly shaped who I am today.