The Passing

A dying man's wish to make up for his daughter being granted by a rock.

  • Gavin Chua 蔡韶伦
  • Ong Leang Ren 王寕仁
  • Ashraf Arshad
  • Lynn Poh 傅芳儀
    Key Cast
  • Henry Heng 王利秦
    Key Cast
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  • Genres:
    Spirtual, Drama
  • Runtime:
    18 minutes 35 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 20, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    14,000 USD
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  • Language:
    Chinese, Yue Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Shooting Format:
    4k & 2K DCI, Blackmagic Raw, DCP
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Distribution Information
  • Gavin Chua
    Country: Singapore
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Gavin Chua 蔡韶伦

Gavin CHUA is a Singaporean filmmaker and a graduate of LASALLE College of the Arts with a BA in Film. His films often draw inspiration from his upbringing in Singapore. His thesis film, May the Shadows Burn Again (2022), was nominated for the National Youth Film Awards, and his upcoming short film, The Passing, has been selected for the NYFA Film Facilitation Programme 2022.

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Director Statement

The Passing is a film which explores the intricate relationship between father and daughter through the physical and spiritual realm. Through blurring the boundaries between these two realms, I wanted to show how bonds between family can transcend physical limitations. In Asia, rocks have long been used as spiritual elements due to their natural symbolic significance. The use of rocks as spiritual elements in Asian culture inspired me to incorporate this symbolism into the film, portraying a stalwart rock as the spiritual cornerstone of the relationship between father and daughter. Through the memory of their relationship, the daughter displays the ideals of filial piety, by showing gratitude for the memory of her father. Ultimately, "The Passing" is an exploration of the human experience that is both mystical and moving, depicting the unbreakable bond that exists between a father and his child in a way that transcends language, culture, and time.