安 (Lullaby)

The name of this short film 安 is a Chinese Character. From how it is written represents A women (女)under a rooftop (宀)which means women stay at home. which makes people think of SAFE, HAPPY, CALM AND PEACEFUL, etc, this is what actually 安 means. However this word, to the content of this film, it is kind of irony. This is the same reason we chose the English name ” Lullaby”. Here is a little background of this story. There were a girl and a boy sent by their parents to came to a foreign country for studying then they stayed. They met they married, they only have themselves but no other family around them. Then now, they are having a newborn with them. Everything seems perfect. But this new mother has no experience at all of how to raise a baby and she is having a girl; this new Father who has been out of the house since this baby was born, he is avoiding troubles and refusing to go home. Because she is having a girl, their very typical hoary dogmas Chinese parents think this is not worth them to come to help them. This new mother unfortunately after suddenly not be able to produce any more breast milk, then suffering deeply from the Postpartum Depression. Lots of people heard of this sickness, but most people think this PPD thing will go away soon or could not be that serious. So this short film is actually aiming at bringing more attention to those new families, especially those new mothers who really need support.

Directed by Ray Du (New Zealand)