Xiangyi has not seen her father since a decade ago. When news arrives that he is terminally ill...Subscribe Now
Xiangyi has not seen her father since a decade ago. When news arrives that he is terminally ill, her mother arranges for a reunion meal that seems to open more wounds than heal.
Like Xiangyi, many children still struggle with the pain of the long-ago divorce of their parents. Their pain and fear remain unspoken for years.
It’s time that they are finally heard.
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Stanley Xu Ruiyang is a filmmaker from Singapore. Drawing inspirations from his observations of everyday life, he hopes to explore and capture the nuances of the human condition using moving images. In 2015, he directed his first proper short film BLK 401 for the ciNE65 III short film competition. It was awarded the Best Editing award for the student category, as well as nominee for other categories including Best Film and Audience Favourite. The film was also mentioned by Defence Minister Dr Eng Ng Hen on his Facebook as one of his favourite film among the ciNE65 entries that year. Subsequently, he went on to direct two more short films, Lullaby and Mother with the support from organisations such as Honour Singapore, Temasek Holdings and mm2 Entertainment. Lullaby was selected for several international film festivals, most notably the 36th Hawaii International Film Festival and the 5th Singapore Chinese Film Festival. Mother also premiered at the 20th Vancouver Asian Film Festival, as well as selected to compete at the 22nd Caminhos Film Festival in Portugal, and the 5th Silk Road International Film Festival in Ireland.
From 2005 to 2014, over 50,000 children under 21 were involved in divorce cases in Singapore (Source: Family Justice Courts and Ministry of Social and Family Development). With more than 7,000 divorces taking place each year in Singapore, the idea of growing up in a single-parent household has increasingly become a norm. In most single-parent families, the parent with custody of their children takes on dual roles as both the mother and father. When that happens, the affected children tend to rely solely on the parent that they live with, all while emotionally drifting away from the other. As the children’s opinions are seldom sought in divorce cases, the idea of divorce can be confusing for them. In the midst of the heartbreaking disintegration of their family unit, conflicting feelings arise as well as issues of abandonment.