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Diaspora Through My Camera: 错落斑驳的 (Jet Lag)

ZHENG LU Xinyuan, Austria, Switzerland 2022, 111 Min., OV with English subs

In the words of filmmaker ZHENG LU Xinyuan: “In early 2020, the sudden Covid-19 outbreak stranded me and my girlfriend Zoe in Austria. Enduring the lockdown, we dug into the family mystery of my Great Grandpa through a VHS tape and footage that I shot 2 years back in Myanmar.
In the spring of 2018, my family was invited to Mandalay to attend a distant relative’s wedding. In between attending the banquets and sightseeing, my Grandma was eager to find out more about her missing father who left China when she was five and later in his life became a Monk. After multiple flight cancellations, my girlfriend Zoe and I made our way back home. We visited Grandma together. I came to realize that Grandma, Zoe and I were all experiencing the absence of fatherhood for different reasons.
In February 2021, a military coup took place in Myanmar. All of a sudden, Myanmar became a place that is simultaneously close and far away once more.” (ZLXY)