Langue

HONDURAS; USA | 2022 | 19min | Short | Documentary

Director: Charles Xiuzhi Dong

Producer: Charles Xiuzhi Dong; Suki Li

Cinematographer: Charles Xiuzhi Dong

Editor: Bowei Yue

Composer: Alex Symcox

Sound Designer: San Fan

导演:董秀智

制片:董秀智; 李舒琪

摄影指导:董秀智

剪辑:岳博维

声音设计:San Fan

About the film

The film takes a poignant look at the daily lives of two families in Langue, a small town in Honduras. With vivid portraits of the rural landscape, dirt roads, mud houses, deforestation, and drought, the film captures the duality of how societal issues construct and affect children — an inescapable circumstance that brings the weight of survival to children as a foil to harmony and warmness. A subtle sense of hope shining through the eyes of children delivers the essence of resilience in human nature. The film’s rough and grainy texture communicates harshness, while its use of natural sound in the community adds a lively filter to the inevitabilities of life in Langue.

Director's Note

Festival&Award

As the grandson of the subjects, I felt an innate responsibility to make this film.

When I recorded the first shot, which incidentally is the beginning of the film, the thought of making this into a film never crossed my mind. A year later, I got bored and looked over the hours of random footage I shot at my grandparent’s home.

It moved me to tears. It was then that I decided I could make this into a film, forming a storyline that would tell my grandparent’s story, from their poor upbringings to their glory days to their eventual downfall. I see light in their eyes every time they talk about the past.

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Charles DONG

Charles Dong is an award-winning director, based in Los Angeles. He received his BFA in Film & TV Production at the New York University, Tisch School of the Arts and received a directing fellowship from the American Film Institute in 2020. His short films screened at numerous film festivals. Namely, Anshan Diaries (2021) was in the finalists for the Student Academy Awards 2021. His latest documentary short film Langue was premiere at Palm Springs ShortFest 2022 and was in the semifinalist documentary for the Student Academy Awards 2022.

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