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After Passing Away

Nominees and Awards

  • ★ 2022 BIFF Wide Angle Documentary Competition


Yang San-eii has never owned a home, nor does he plan to join the debt game now. At the age of 50, he decides instead to construct one with his own energy and time, and opts for traditional Japanese-style carpentry that omits the need for nails.

In his mind, the Yang family house will stand tall for a century, but during the decades-long construction, his family’s livelihood is solely dependent on his wife, who is propping up the restaurant alone. The Yangs and their daughters are now the focus of community gossip.

Chatter aside, the sorest point of stress is economical. With no end in sight, the project’s limbo status has led the two daughters to leave home for work and love. These structural changes, as well as other interpretations of belonging, challenge Yang’s sense of mission.

A man with a broken childhood, will Yang be able to complete his dream home and secure a future for his family?




SU Yu-Ting

Born in 1982, Yu-Ting Su is an independent Taipei filmmaker with a journalism degree from Taiwan’s NCCU. Su believes that every household has a family album containing key memories, and that documentaries, which tell the stories of people in anticipation for all to see, form the proverbial album of society.

Her short film “Happy Birth Day” was crowned short film champion at the 2017 Hong Kong Chinese Documentary Festival and won the silver award at the 2017 Women Make Waves International Film Festival in Taiwan. Her first feature-length documentary, “Our Happy Birth Day,” builds upon its predecessor’s momentum and was chosen for the closing picture at the 2019 Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival, then shortlisted by the 2018 Busan International Film Festival’s Wide Angle Documentary Competition.


Cinema Auditorium Time Notes Tickets
NEIWEI ARTS CENTER reel one 2022/10/22 Saturday 15:40

※ Notes:    With filmmakers' attendance/talks    Non-English language films without Chinese subtitles