Private Project

Dream Family

"Dream Family" aims to address the issue of smartphone addiction in Taiwanese families, which often leads to strained or even conflictual relationships between parents and children. The program sets out to answer the following questions through a social experiment:
Can a temporary change in environment, in which two middle school students with smartphone addiction are placed in a household with no limits on phone usage for eight days, reveal the extent to which smartphone addiction affects children? Will the children be able to put down their phones after the experiment? Can the children and their families learn new communication patterns and even improve their relationships during this process?

  • He-Shou Li
  • Joan Sung
  • Feng-Cheng Kang
  • Chien-Chen Wu
  • Wei-Chih Fu
  • Project Type:
    Feature, Television
  • Genres:
    Children, Family
  • Runtime:
    36 minutes 10 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 19, 2022
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    Mandarin Chinese
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  • 2023 INPUT
    May 17, 2023
    Official Selection
Director Biography - He-Shou Li, Joan Sung

Producer's Biography:
Wei-Chih Fu holds a Bachelor's degree in Radio and Television from Fu Jen Catholic University in Taiwan and a Master's degree in New Media Art from Emerson College in the United States. Wei-Chih has over 20 years of experience in television media and has worked for 17 years as a program planner and producer for PTS Taiwan. Wei-Chih specialize in reality shows, cultural programs, and programs for youth. One of his notable productions is the youth ecology program called "The Small Big," which won the Innovative Program and Children and Youth Program awards at the 54th Golden Bell Awards in Taiwan, and also received the Best VR Program award at the Asian Academy Creative Awards in Singapore.

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Director Statement

- A bold social experiment, an opportunity to change parent-child relationships.

Every child has an idealized image of a perfect family and perfect parents. Likewise, parents also have high expectations for their children. However, when these expectations cannot be met, tension arises in the parent-child relationship.

Swapping parents may be the silent wish of some children, especially when the parent-child relationship becomes strained. Such thoughts emerge, and parents often hear their children complain about how other parents are better. Facing such complaints can be frustrating and even seemingly impossible to improve. However, real life doesn't offer this kind of choice; relationships are fundamentally non-negotiable, and such hypothetical situations don't exist. Moreover, such thoughts seem to invite criticism.

This program aims to conduct a daring experiment by turning the desire to swap parents into actual actions. On one hand, it seeks to expand the values of parent-child relationships for both children and parents, providing a firsthand experience that there are no perfect parents in the world. On the other hand, parents can see another possibility for their children and comprehend the meaning of "your child is not your child." Through a temporary separation, a new foundation for the relationship can be built, leading to significant improvements in the parent-child bond.

This social experiment will be an innovation in reality television, allowing the audience to reexamine their own families and parent-child relationships. Everyone can learn the art of seamless parent-child communication and interaction, leading to an upgrade for both children and parents.