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
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.
Palm Springs International ShortFest 2022
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.
Charles Xiuzhi Dong is an award-winning director, based in Los Angeles. graduated from the NYU, Tisch School of the Arts. He accpeted a directing fellowship from the American Film Institute in 2020. His short films screened at numerous film festivals. Namely, After Class (2020): Santa Barbara, Oberhausen, and Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia: winning Best Short Award. Anshan Diaries (2021) was a finalist for the Student Academy Awards and the Golden Horse Awards which premiered at the 65th San Fransisco International Film Festival. His latest film Langue premiered at the Palm Springs International Shortfest and was a Semi-finalist for the Student Academy Awards.