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No KIDding: My little world

Twelve-year-old Wu Yu-Yan suffers from achondroplasia and is only 101 cm in height. But this doesn’t discourage her. She has no time for self-pity, and loves to dance and show her body with confidence . She wants to prove that she’s not different from anyone else other than her height, and to encourage other children with rare diseases to pursue their dreams.
For a long time, Yu-Yan felt uncomfortable with those judging eyes and she was teased by other kids. But she knows sooner or later that she has to overcome her fear. As brave as she is, Yu-Yan will face the world of judging eyes with smiles. Can she do it?

Reward: 2020 Prix Jeunesse International (UNICEF Special Prize 2020/7-10 Years Non-Fiction)

  • Chiang Chih-Chen
  • Hsieh Chia-Ling
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    小孩酷斯拉: 我的小小兒萌世界
  • Project Type:
    Television, Other
  • Genres:
    Youth, children
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 35 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 30, 2019
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Director Biography - Chiang Chih-Chen, Hsieh Chia-Ling

Chiang Chih-Chen
Chiang Chih-Chen is a movie maker who is excellent at using lights to capture images in detail. His documentary “Knockout” won a Special Prize at Taipei Film Festival. He has accumulated his creative force over the past decade and wishes to convey the meanings of life through images by showing the dynamics and pulses of the society.

Hsieh Chia-Ling
Hsieh Chia-Ling is a former TV news and show producer whose works are detailed, realistic in images and appeal to your heart. She is now a self-employed image worker.

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Director Statement

What do you feel when your mind is developing but your body is not catching up? And what sort of obstacles will you face?

Our protagonist Yu-Yan suffers from achondroplasia and is confined in her developmentally delayed body. As schoolmates around her continue to grow, she even needs help to get to the water dispenser, which is frustrating. There are also people with judging eyes that remind her repeatedly that she’s different from others. What are her inner thoughts? In the tussle between illness and self-identity, how does she adjust?
We hope to help the world better understand children with rare diseases through Yu-Yan’s story and boost confidence in children in similar situations. They are not obligated to put on a facade to show their optimism, courage and strength. Quite the opposite, they are allowed to own their vulnerabilities, learn to face it, try to overcome it, and know that they are true warriors even in failure.