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After the Snowmelt

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  • Taiwan
  • Japan
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Running Time :
110 min
  • DCP
  • Youth
  • Personal
  • LGBTQ+
  • Nature


“After the Snowmelt” is a coming-of-age tale where youth grapple with the first profound loss. Filmmaker Yi-Shan's best friends in high school, Chun and Yueh, were trapped in a Nepal cave for 47 days due to unseasonal snowfall. Chun died three days before Yueh's rescue, leaving behind a last wish: “The survivor must share their story.” To honor this wish, Yi-Shan takes up the camera, accompanies Yueh to the mountains, and retraces Chun’s footsteps in Nepal. Her journey gradually overlaps with Chun’s, blurring the boundary between past and present, and finally converges at the same destination. When she reaches the CAVE, what awaits her there?

Director Statement

The seed of “After the Snowmelt” was born as I came of age, receiving a letter from my high school best friend, Chun. He wrote before he died: “Yi-Shan, the only thing you have to do is to love."

Chun and I met at a Catholic girl's high school, where his boyish appearance as a trans-man drew criticism. He would weep in front of me, while I comforted him and was moved by his resilience. Alongside his beloved Yueh, they inspired me to explore the world beyond the classroom, and we made a promise to travel abroad together someday.

Since the accident, I relived in my dreams the lonely experience of waiting for their return. The overwhelming desire to reunite and fulfill the broken promise drove me to make this film. Chun's last wishes taught me the essence of love - assuming the role of the survivor and embracing the responsibility of sharing this story.

Through this film, I want to create a journey from trauma to reconciliation. It resonates not only with themes of gender, education, and nature but also serves as a testament to the resilience of life, the potential for growth, and the realization that life is not just about surviving, but about truly living and loving.

Festivals & Awards

2024 Visions du Réel - Burning Lights Competition, Switzerland

2024 Trento Film Festival - International Competition, Italy

2024 Jeonju International Film Festival - International Competition, South Korea

2024 Docs Against Gravity Film Festival - First Appearance Competition, Poland

2024 Frameline San Francisco Int. LGBTQ+ Film Festival - Documentary Feature Competition, United States

2024 Taipei Film Festival - Nominated for Taipei Film Awards Best Documentary, Taiwan

2024 Taipei Film Festival - Taipei Film Awards (Press Award), Taiwan

2024 Frame[o]ut - Open Air Cinema - Official Selection, Austria

2024 Cervino Cine Mountain Festival - Official Selection, Italy

2024 DokuFest, International Documentary and Short Film Festival - International Documentary Competition, Kosovo

2023 TAICCA - TCCF Taiwan Creative Content Fest (TAICCA x CNC Award), Taiwan

2023 DMZ Docs Pitch - Rough Cut Pitch (Excellence Award), South Korea


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