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Parallel World

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  • Taiwan
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177 min
  • DCP
  • Family


This film uses video diaries and LINE video internet to record the different stages of growth and development of my daughter Elodie who suffers from Asperger's disease. Through Elodie’s drawings and clay works, the audience can take a glimpse of her whimsical world. The film is divided into several routes, interlaced simultaneously in time and space. The mother accompanies her daughter in the process of self-seeking, self-recognition, and finding a way out.

Director Statement

I became a mother when Elodie was born, and this new identity prompted me to contemplate culture, identity, and national boundaries.The film Somewhere Over the Cloud is a result of the contemplations. As Elodie grew up, once again, I began to examine how an individual connects with the outside world.

Elodie was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. She is dysgraphia but has a talent for drawing. As a mother, I want to equip my child with the skill sets required for her to survive in the society, yet at the same time, I wonder what makes us human; wonder if I can truly understand my child’s inner needs. I see how one’s creativity is undermined little by little when she is pushed by the society to fit into a standard mold. But what is a normal person anyway? Isn’t normality just an averaged-out result of a lot of random people?

At the age of fifteen Elodie went to her father's country to begin a new phase of her life. I became a "Zoom Mom": The videos recorded during the past ten years have been a source of reflection on our lives. For more than 10 years, I had to freeze my emotions to continue walking the tightrope as a special child’s mother, and translating all these complex feelings into a documentary proved to be my outlet.

All special children are gifts from God. These words, pictures, and videos are my self-therapy and what I would like to share with the world. Let them become the most profound love and blessing for my child.

Festivals & Awards

2024 TIDF - Taiwan Film Critics Society Prize, nominated for International Competition, Taiwan Competition

2023 YIDFF - Directors Guild of Japan Award

2023 DMZ International Documenary Film Festival - International Competition Nomination

2022 IDFA International Competition


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