Private Project

In Their Teens

“Peanut” just turns 19, and with his father’s untimely death and his mother leaving them, he lives with his uncle and older brother in a Sanheyuan compound, though they are not close. The absence of his parents makes him start to work and fend for himself at an early age. High-risk jobs are their only option: shipping spirit money, spraying pesticides, even ones in legal grey areas.

These young people are eager to turn their lives around, but life is ever-changing. Sometimes, they are like grownups, and other times, they are not mature enough. When they join the workforce and start a family at an earlier age, will their children share the same fate?

The director follows these young people’s daily lives to see how they find their own agency and how they deal with confusion when facing hardships in reality; he captures the characters’ sensitiveness towards their own and others’ feelings, to show their true colors other than the tags imposed on them from the society.

  • Yu-En Lin
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  • 2021 58th Golden Horse Awards

    Best Documentary Short Film
  • 2021 43th Golden Harvest Awards

    Grand Prize Winner
  • 2022 Taiwan Film Festival in Australia
    International Premiere
    Short Film Competition Finalist
Director Biography - Yu-En Lin

Lin Yu-En was born in Taipei, Taiwan in 1986. He got a degree in Photography and Urban Cultures, Goldsmiths, University of London. He’s now a grad student in the College of Communication, National Chengchi University. He was a photojournalist and now a visual artist. In Their Teens is his first short documentary.

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Director Statement

A type of youthfulness is restless, flowing, and reverberating in the countryside; the whispers of life transcend generations and echo in the daily loops. We see young people, while we don’t see them; we wish to understand them more, but all kinds of uncontrollable changes blur our minds’ eyes.