Award of Merit – “Ah-Ma: A Tale of Two Generations” (Australia)

Title: Ah-Ma: A Tale of Two Generations 
Runtime: 16 min
Country: Australia
Director: Ying Chu
Placement: Award of Merit
Competition: March, 2024

Synopsis: Ah-Ma is a captivating narrative that delves into the lives of two remarkable women from different generations. Born in Taiwan, Na-Na’s early years were coloured by the enchanting presence of her grandmother, Ah-Ma. However, at age four, she returned to Australia, leaving behind the profound influence of Ah-Ma, a celebrated Taiwanese Opera actress renowned for her powerful performances in Gezaixi. Ah-Ma’s legacy imprinted deeply upon Na-Na, igniting a genuine desire to follow in her grandmother’s footsteps and become an opera actress. As the film unfolds, the haunting melodies of Gezaixi’s songs resound, serving as a poignant backdrop to the emotions of longing and connection that thread through the narrative.