A group of 8 COM students have won the Commendation Award for their short film of "Back and Forth" (不進則退) at the 2017 TVB Inter-Collegiate Documentary Competition. This is the first time CityU successfully wins an award after entering the Competition for the 4th consecutive time since it was first launched in 2014.
“Back and Forth” is about a 5-year-old boy’s struggle against cerebral palsy, or loosely translated as “brain paralysis”. The disease was developed in his brain 8 months after he was given birth. It is the leading cause of his childhood disability, which greatly affected his growth and development. The story centres on how his parents, especially his mother, work hard to give the child a better life. So far, there is no cure for this disease.
The student crew has followed and recorded the life of the family for half a year. During this time period, the crew got their cameras rolling in multiple occasions, which included normal school days, home visits and medical therapies. They also got a chance to document the family’s therapy routine in Taiwan, which was an exceptionally precious opportunity. To substantiate the information given about the disease, the crew also interviewed Dr. Fong To Sang Dawson for his highly profound experience in neurosurgery.
The documentary delivers a positive message to all people: don’t give up and stay positive. Instead of using traditional voice-overs to present the story, the students tried to use different soundbites of interviewees to package the documentary. This presentation approach is quite difficult to handle unless a very comprehensive research and thoughtful story framework has been done in advance.
Peter Kwan and Ma Wang Wai were the supervisors for this group of students. They exchanged ideas with the students on their topic and were responsible for the later follow-ups. They appreciate the efforts being made by the students and they believe COM students will be more proactive in participating different kinds of competitions in the coming academic year.
The winning group of 8 COM students for the Commendation Award includes: Chan Chun Yiu Johnny, Chan Kam Po Frankie, Chan Wing Man Kelly, Chan Yan Ming, Kwan Ho Ying Eunice, Kwan Tsz Ching Kylie, Lam Hei Hayley and Wong Pak Hin Charles.
TVB’s competition presents a Grand Jury Prize and two Commendation Awards each year. Participants from local tertiary institutions are required to produce a documentary of around nine minutes on social issues in Hong Kong, which has to comply with the Generic Code of Practice on Television Advertising and Programming Standards set by the Communications Authority of the Government of HKSAR. The full version of the winning work of COM students will be aired on 2 September, 2017 on TVB Jade (from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm). You may also watch it by downloading the TVB Anywhere application.