|17/10 (Wed)||2:30 pm||Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum*|
|18/10 (Thur)【Additional Screening】【Full house】||9:50 pm||MOViE MOViE Cityplaza*|
|20/10 (Sat)【Full house】||3:30 pm||MOViE MOViE Cityplaza*|
*Q&A session with director
Taiwan / 2017 / 85min
In Mandarin with Chi & Eng Sub
Eight couples of different ages and backgrounds talk about their marriage in front of the camera. Their dialogues lay bare the marital conflicts which have otherwise gone unnoticed. The couples attempt to make amends and talk things out in front of the camera.
Shen Ko-shang is a veteran documentary, fiction-film and commercial director. His documentary works include Silent Delta, Baseball Boys and A Rolling Stone, etc. Shen has received multiple awards such as the First Prizes of Taiwan International Documentary Festival and Taipei Golden Horse Award.
According to the Census and Statistics Department, Hong Kong's number of divorces continues to rise from 6,295 in 1991 to 17,196 in 2016. Hong Kong Caritas Family Service sent out the “21st Century Marriage: Hong Kong” questionnaire in 2013 to learn about the modern perception of marriage, which most respondents agreed that “lifelong commitment is the core value of marriage”. Yet, a Hong Kong marriage counselling agency pointed out that the number of couples who seek help due to extramarital affairs in recent years has risen by 10% compared to a decade ago.
The divorce rate in Taiwan is equally high, ranking fourth in the world and second to China in Asia. Aside from high divorce rates, people’s willingness to enter a marriage is also decreasing. According to a report from the Taiwan Health Promotion Administration in 2004, 61.9% of the 21 to 39 years old demographic group partially or completely disagrees with the statement, “People should get married in their lifetime”. Taiwan Ministry of Interior also reported a decrease of 5,000 marriages in 2016 compared to 2015, lowering the marriage demography by 4.2%.
There are several marriage counselling agencies in Hong Kong and Taiwan that provide support for married couples, such as Hong Kong Caritas Family Service, The Family Planning Association of Hong Kong and Taiwan Association for Marriage and Family Counselling. These agencies help couples to resolve conflicts and improve communication through face-to-face counselling sessions, aiming to achieve a more harmonious marriage life.
Screenings at the Hong Kong Science Museum will be available at URBTIX from 7 September.
Ticket Price: $70 / $50*
*Full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and their minder and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients
Screenings at MOViE MOViE Cityplaza will be available at Box Office of MOViE MOViE Cityplaza from 7 September.
(Tickets of the additional screening will be available at Box Office of MOViE MOViE Cityplaza from 17 September)
Ticket Price: $85 / $60* / $40**
*Senior citizens aged 60 or above
**Full-time students, children aged 11 or below
Tel: 2540 7859