Going home or leaving home Series 离家.回家 : (1)前言 Prologue

by shirls on March 16, 2007 · 8 comments in 随便拍拍

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小时梦想出国上大学, 幻想体验外国的生活,期望结交不同国籍的朋友,享受那春夏秋冬的转变。所以,我去了澳洲。哪知,这一去,去了十二个年头。

在后来的几年,思念马来西亚祖国的老家,同时不舍澳洲的新家。一颗心挂着两个家。是留,是离,总是没有答案。

x x x x x x x x

有一位朋友因97问题移民来澳。那时,他才十岁左右。住了整二十年,他又举家回流香港。临走前,他老板问他:“Are you going home or leaving home ?” 他答不上来。 因为这个小故事,我才发现身边朋友都有相同的挣扎。于是,我和几个朋友凑在一起搞了一部短片。片名为“Going home or leaving home – 回家.离家”

短片是讲述五位朋友小时候,在没有得选择的情况下移民到澳洲。住了十多年,成年后,开始为哪才算是真正的家烦恼。

有些虽然决定回祖国,可又已习惯了澳洲的生活。留在澳洲的,却常挂念着祖国。有些可能也无所谓。他们都在寻找那一个家。这部短片是探讨其中的过程。

在2004年尾,我们以《Going home or leaving home 回家.离家》这部短片 (短片的video 在这里),报名参加第十届香港独立短片及录像比赛。 2005三月中,我们得知被列入评审团推荐,在香港艺术中心放映几天。

短片制成后,各自过各自的生活。

两三年后,一个机缘下,我遇到了Ed,跟着他跑去加拿大。突然发觉,我又多了一个家。这时,突然想起这部短片。 再看一看其他的一些朋友,发现很多片中片外的已分散世界各国。

世界变小了。家的定义不同了。为了各种因素,人们从一国搬至另一国。〈离家.回家〉这个课题似乎是许多人的心历路程。

心血来潮下,我想把这部短片中的故事重述, 也看看他们现在在哪。

如你也有相同的经历,欢迎你的留言和与我分享你的路程。


During my childhood, I dreamed of studying overseas, dreamed of livng in different country, getting to know different people from all around the world, and experiencing the four season changes. Therefore, I went to Australia and this lead to total of 12 years stay in Melbourne.

For the last few years, although I missed my family in my home country Malaysia, I started getting used to the life in Australia. It was a life living in two countries – two homes, never had a solution if stay or leave.

x x x x x x x x

Due to the issue of Hong Kong’s handing back to China in 1997, a friend of mine immigrated to Australia long time ago. He was only about ten years old. After settling life in Australia for nearly twenty years, his family decided to move back to Hong Kong. Before he left, his boss asked him : “Are you going home or leaving home ?” He could not answer it. Because of this story, I realised some of my friends faced the similar struggles. A few of us got together and made a short documentary, titled “Leaving home or going home”.

This documentary was about the stories of five characters who had the similar experiences – immigrated to Australia when they were really young, and pondered where was their real home when they grown up.

Some of them decided to move back to their home countries but they already got used to the life in Australia. Those who decided to stay back, might not be able to let go of their home countries, and always missed it. For some, it did not really bother them too much. This documentary was about their journey in seaching for this home.

Our documentary went into Jury’s Choice in the 10th Independent Short Films and Video Competition and was shown for a couple of days in Hong Kong Art Centre.

After this production, we went back to our own lives. I then met Ed and came to Canada for him. Suddenly, I realised I have another new home. This reminded me of this documentary. I then looked for those friends who were involved in this documentary and found out that some of them have since moved to another country too. This intrigued me and lead to this small little project in this blog.

In this Feature Series, I am going to introduce the characters in the documentary, their stories and see where they are now.

The world is getting smaller. Definition of Home has changed accordingly. Due to many different reasons, people tend to move from one country to another.

I believe, many of us, in some ways have this similar struggles. You are welcomed to leave comments and share with me your experiences.

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