The Home Promised

In May 2014, I travelled to Taipei, Taiwan with some friends to shoot a documentary, The Home Promised, where I acted as the Director of Photography. The film premiered at the 2014 Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, where it won the Air Canada Best Short Film Award. The film was also selected by CAAMFest, Asian Documentary Film Festival, Asian Pacific American Film Festival, Sunderland Shorts Film Festival and Regent Park Film Festival in 2015.

View the trailer here and the complete film on Viddsee.

The Film

The 18-minute documentary centers on Shaoxing, one of the last "illegally-constructed" neighbourhoods in downtown Taipei, and follows its residents' quest for relocation — a journey that gave birth to a community and a home they never knew they had.


Director, Producer & Editor: Betty Xie
Director of Photography: Jessie Lau
Co-producers: Lisa Qiu, David Wang
Executive Producers: Kar Wong, Eileen Lam, Edward Chen
Cinematographers: Lisa Qiu, David Wang, Aaron Wilson
Line Producer & Sound Recordist: Yang Zeng
Sound Mixer: Justin Long-him Shum
Colourist: Bai Zhou
Music: Cicada

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