Private Project

For Her

Jane struggles to write a story about rape but ends trapped in her emotions as she attempts to capture the impossible.

  • Valeria Riquelme
  • Valeria Riquelme
  • Valeria Riquelme
  • Kathy Wu-Marden
  • Clarissa Langley Coleman
  • Reggie Yip 葉穎姿
    Key Cast
    "Jane "
  • Jackie C.K. Chan (陳澤喬)
    Key Cast
    "Ollie "
  • Nicholas Foxall
    Director of Photography
  • Mark Roberts
    Sound Recordist
  • Sam Colombie
    Sound Designer
  • Andreas Guzman
  • Cecilia Shin
    Art Director
  • Juliana Riquelme Lara
    Costume Designer
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Student
  • Genres:
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 52 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 26, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    9,237 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Hong Kong
  • Country of Filming:
    Hong Kong
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - The University of Hong Kong
Director Biography - Valeria Riquelme

Valeria Riquelme, founder of the production house Tinta Limited, is a Mexican filmmaker and multimedia artist. Valeria began her career in the arts with the one-woman show “So I Went”. With the support of Hong Kong Academy and the International Schools Theatre Association, she wrote, directed, and performed the play in 2019. Currently, she studies at The University of Hong Kong.

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Director Statement

Sometimes we come across stories that need to be told. They are often the most compelling and insightful ones, but what happens after we bring them to life? What are the implications of the narrative we create? And what is our relationship to the material? It is tangled with these questions that I, not unlike our troubled protagonist, began to craft this film.

For Her is about how we might internalize a story and digest it, warping our perception of reality with intense emotion. It is also about dealing with trauma. Throughout the creative process, I wondered if yet another story about sexual abuse would merely dilute and get lost, becoming part of the background noise of our hectic culture. The truth is that it most probably will. But does that make it less significant?

Recognizing, dealing with, and talking about something that hurts you so deeply can be extremely difficult. Sometimes you need to read, watch, or hear someone else’s experience in order to come to terms with what happened to you. Facing the truth and putting it into words thus becomes a fundamental step towards healing. The contrary —holding things in for fear of judgment or shame — can make you feel extremely alone. So if this story can give a voice to at least one person out there, making it will have been worth it.