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- #Dream -

‘’Love is unconditional - I'm willing to give my all for someone I like or love, even without expecting anything in return.

– Film Director Sasha Chuk

Time spent with loved ones and pursuing my dreams during my late twenties fueled my creativity.

   

Sasha left her hometown in Hunan and settled in Hong Kong in her youth. Faced with language barriers, a drastic change in living environment, feeling out of place among peers, and a complex family dynamic, young Sasha found solace in watching movies. Movies became an escape from reality and a vessel for her boundless imagination. Through this passion, she laid the foundation for her future as a film director.

 

Today, Sasha has directed three groundbreaking short films and recently won the Best Screenplay award from the Hong Kong Film Critics Society for her debut self-written and self-directed feature film, " Fly Me to the Moon." Like many seasoned professionals in the film industry, Sasha didn't achieve success overnight. She experienced several failures before finally launching her own short films and movies. In this interview, Sasha shares her story from a female perspective, offering a deeper insight into her life journey apart from that of a filmmaker.

The life journey apart from a filmmaker

Below S: Sasha Chuk

Q1: Can you share with us a time when you faced significant setbacks or challenges in life? How did you take care of yourself?

S: Becoming a director wasn’t easy. It took multiple tries to make my first Fresh Wave short film debut, " The Dropout of Her," and I won an award on my second attempt at the First Feature Film Initiative.

 

To overcome challenges, I allow myself to immerse in negative emotions but actively seek solutions. Another driving force that encourages me to pursue my dreams comes from many of my favorite directors. They, too, only achieved success after some time. They faced numerous obstacles before finding success. Most importantly, I want to accomplish this. I have a strong yearning to make my own film. The first step in filmmaking is to write a good script. So, I will focus on my goal and take it step by step, starting with the script and gradually working towards my objective.

 

  

Q2: What is your greatest strength and passion in work and life?

S: I've loved watching movies since I was young. They became an escape for me, especially during boring and uneventful times in middle school when I didn't have many chances to travel. Watching movies became an escape for me. For example, I imagine traveling to France when I watch French films. Movies allowed me to temporarily detach from reality and hide myself within them.

Interestingly, I never thought about making short films or entering the film industry before. However, I've always enjoyed writing, so I adapted one of my stories into a short film. It ended up being longer than expected, but through this process, I stumbled upon my passion for filmmaking and decided to pursue it.

 

Q3: What advice do you have for women who want to make a change in their lives and chase their dreams?

S: I've loved watching movies since I was young. They became an escape for me, especially during boring and uneventful times in middle school when I didn't have many chances to travel. Watching movies became an escape for me. For example, I imagine traveling to France when I watch French films. Movies allowed me to temporarily detach from reality and hide myself within them.

 

Interestingly, I never thought about making short films or entering the film industry before. However, I've always enjoyed writing, so I adapted one of my stories into a short film. It ended up being longer than expected, but through this process, I stumbled upon my passion for filmmaking and decided to pursue it.

 

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