Private Project

Beyond the Dinner Table

More than a dietary preference, vegetarianism is part of the familial bonds between the Chow family. From one decision a father made at 18, it has since become a family ‘inheritance’. But it hasn’t been an easy path. Through the eyes of Mr Chow and his daughter, we come to hear about their unique journey, their struggles and regrets, and most importantly — was it worth it?

  • Eunice Chua
    Director
  • Hui Xian Chow
    Producer
  • Hui Xian Chow
    Editor
  • Woei Horng Chow
    Key Cast
  • Hui Xian Chow
    Key Cast
  • Shermin Tan
    Cinematographer
  • Wan Xin Ng
    Story Coordinator
  • Wan Xin Ng
    Sound Engineer
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    我们的素食家庭
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 58 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 17, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    Singapore
  • Country of Filming:
    Singapore
  • Language:
    English, Mandarin Chinese
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, AVCI100, 25p, 1920x1080
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Ngee Ann Polytechnic, School of Film and Media Studies
Director Biography - Eunice Chua

Eunice Chua is a filmmaker based in Singapore. She is currently a second-year film student at Ngee Ann Polytechnic, set to graduate in mid-2023. She also works as a part-time commercial media producer and a freelance video editor. In 2021, she directed the documentary, Beyond the Dinner Table, about her friend’s experiences of growing up vegetarian. Eunice is currently in pre-production for her Capstone short film, a drama about a girl leaving home. She hopes to work as a director and producer in the future.

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Director Statement

When my crew and I decided to go vegetarian during the week of production, I assumed that the only challenge would be resisting my cravings for meat. I did not expect the struggle to lie in finding vegetarian food, nor the self-consciousness when eating with non-vegetarian friends. During the shoot, as Hui Xian and her dad shared their experiences, I found myself understanding their stories more.

It was not an easy feat, but it gave me a whole new admiration for them. It has been an honor to work with the Chow family and I am very grateful that they have entrusted me with their story. I hope that this film honors their journey and gives recognition to all the struggles they have overcome.