Private Project

Long Day's Journey v.1

A video essay comprising video diaries, interviews and found footage reconstruction on being mobile through 2019 and 2020, Hong Kong.

  • Linda Chiu-han Lai
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    video essay, diary film
  • Runtime:
    29 minutes 8 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 1, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Hong Kong
  • Language:
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • "Linda Chiu-han Lai, Retrospective," Centro de Creacion Contemporanea de Andalucia (C3A), 2 Feb - 13 Jun 2021
    February 5, 2021
    solo retrospective
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Director Biography - Linda Chiu-han Lai

Linda Chiu-han Lai is a Hong Kong-based interdisciplinary artist working at the intersections of experimental moving images, the history of everyday life and media archaeology, an extension of her Ph.D. in Cinema Studies (NYU). Associate professor at the School of Creative Media at the City University of Hong Kong, she founded the new media research group Writing Machine Collective (2004- ), and the experimental art space Floating Projects (2015- ).
As a montage artist, she considers images to be intensely rich perceptual surfaces that defy the binary division of representation and abstraction. Her videography has been shown in key international venues, including the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Open City London Documentary Festival, LOOP Barcelona, Rencontres Internationales (Paris, France and Berlin), Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, Traverse Video (Toulouse), Times Art Centre Berlin, Women Make Waves Film Festival Taipei and many others. She was featured in solo screenings at Experimental Film/Video Festivals in Seoul (EXiS, 2017) and Macao (EXiM, 2016). Her works have been collected by the Power Station (Shanghai Biennale) and M+ Museum (Hong Kong).

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Director Statement

How to remember and why must we remember are two urgent questions coming back to many artists in Hong Kong. Beyond indulging in the broadly distributed images of street resistance and resulting violence, what else could we artists do? What are the competing histories, silenced truths and lost historical and existential threads we must seek to unveil and recover so as not to burn out ourselves in anger and not to fall into the trap of recurrent depression? This video is the first of such journeys of mine, to establish extended connectivities in order to sustain durable critical conversations.