Private Project

The Life between Insomnia & Hypersomnia

In 2017, my friend L's mental condition deteriorated due to sexual assault. I witnessed her engaging in self-destructive behaviors such as buying charcoal, seeking revenge, and attempting suicide.

In 2023, L filed a complaint with the Gender Equality Committee, seeking belated justice. However, her symptoms worsened once again, and she found herself frequently shuttling between the emergency room and her home.

The filmmaker also fell ill for nearly two years, gaining a deeper understanding of what the protagonist experienced. The symptoms caused the disconnection from reality and the distress due to chaos in daily life. The impact on both work and personal life left life at a standstill.

This film adopts a participatory observational approach, utilizing a GoPro mounted on the neck for a semi-passive recording, freeing up the filmmaker's hands to face urgent situations. Furthermore, through intensive interaction with the protagonist, the filmmaker and the protagonist collectively confront the intrusion of symptoms and life challenges. The aim is to provide viewers with an immersive viewing experience, allowing them to empathize with the subjective pain felt by those with the illness and the difficulties they face in the external world.

It is hoped that the release of this film will help dispel the social stigma associated with mental illness, allowing people to see, empathize, and thereby increase the possibility of providing more assistance to those who are affected by the mental illness.

  • Shao Fan Wang
  • Shao Fan Wang
  • Ya Na Xia
  • Shao Fan Wang
    Director of Photography
  • Wen Chi Chang
    Production Designer
  • Shao Fan Wang
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    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 55 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 16, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    30 USD
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    Mandarin Chinese
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  • Student Project:
  • End-of-semester screening ,Graduate Institute of Documentary & Film Archiving, TNNUA
    June 16, 2023
    Taiwan Premiere
Director Biography - Shao Fan Wang

Bachelor's degree from National Tsing Hua University's Interdisciplinary Program of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Master's degree from National Cheng Kung University's Department of Architecture.

Has long been concerned about the plight of underprivileged communities. Co-founder of the local affairs publication "Rising Wind" and the cultural preservation group "Hanbun Archaeological Site Frontline."

Former congressional assistant, working to prevent the closure of schools in remote areas. Former journalist at Newtalk and The Reporter, investigating and exposing the issues of overwork leading to death. Received the Red Chamber Literature Award for a novel.

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Director Statement

Inspired by friends living with mental illness, turning an ordinary life into an unattainable dream, and embarking on an exploration of mental illness. Striving to raise awareness and empathy among the public for their living conditions, while aiming to dismantle stigmas and provide support.

Currently collaborating with the Graduate Institute of Documentary & Film Archiving, TNNUA to produce a documentary. Currently involved in the filming project "The Time of Mental Patients" under the guidance of Czech Human Rights Film Festival Shortlisted director Zeng Ji Xian.