TW // Depression, Suicide


This film is a tribute to one of my favorite photographers, Ren Hang, who committed suicide in 2017. Throughout his later years, he frequently published poems on his blog that were severely depressing. Mental illness within the Asian community is often swept under the rug. It is not taken seriously enough to help those in need, such as Ren Hang. I use Ren Hang’s poems to pay respect for his artistry.

The title "Movements" has two meanings. One of which references movements in classical music as a form of storytelling. Each section in this film follows different tempos and feelings inspired by the four traditional movements in classical music. The second meaning of movement in my film deals with the movement of form. I treated this as a way to experiment with the body and fluid forms that allude to themes in Ren Hang’s poems and photographs.