Jasmine LEE Ching-hui is currently an assistant professor of the Department of Visual Communication Design at Dayeh University. She has been an independent filmmaker since 1996, when her maternal grandparents moved into a nursing home. Based on her own experiences of care-giving and stories from the nursing home, she created a tetralogy of films entitled “The Realm of Womanhood,” including Where Is My Home (1999), The Ballads of Grandmothers (2003), which won the First Prize in the International Women's Film Festival in Seoul and the Best Individual Achievement Award in the Taipei Film Festival. City of Memories (2007), which won the Best Documentary at the South Taiwan Film Festival, and was selected for competition in the Taiwan International Documentary Film Festival. Money and Honey (2011), which enters documentary competition in the BIFF Wide Angle Section this year.

 

LEE’s films focus on the themes of gender, aging, and family issues, showing resilient yet affectionate female strength. Renowned film curator Jane Yu complimented LEE’s films with the following words: “She is a director who invests her own life and emotions generously in her subjects.”

 

Filmography

We Are the Earth, We Are the Love in One (1994)

 Won the Environmental Film for Publicity Award, 1994 EARTH VISION Tokyo Global Environmental Film Festival.

 

Beyond the Words (1995)

Best Video, Golden Harvest Award

 

Returning (1996)

Won the Golden Harvest Award

 

Where is my Home? (1999) 

Won the Outstanding Local Culture Documentary Video Award and Excellent Video of the Golden Harvest Awards, and was nominated for the Best Documentary Award in Taipei Film Festival.

 

The Ballads of Grandmothers (2003) 

Won the First Prize in Women Film Festival in Seoul, the Best Individual Achievement at Taipei Film Festival and the Golden Harvest Award for Excellent Video. It was nominated for the International Competition Awards at the Green Film Festival in Seoul and won the Outstanding Award of Yilan International Film Festival for Kids. It was also selected for competition at the South Taiwan Film Festival and New York Taiwan Female Film Festival.

 

Forward Forest Dream (2004)

Nominated for the International Competition Awards at the Green Film Festival in Seoul and won the Outstanding Award of Yilan International Film Festival for Kids, and selected for competition at the South Taiwan Film Festival and New York Taiwan Female Film Festival.

 

Our Community Our Love (2004)

 

S.D. Party (2006)

Was the opening Film of the Taiwan International Documentary Festival and won the Jury Prize in the “CC234” Competition.


City of Memories (2007)

Won the Best Documentary at the South Taiwan Film Festival and was selected for competition at the Taiwan International Documentary Film Festival. Also nominated for the Best Documentary at the Taipei Film Festival.

 

My Dear Love (2008)

Screened at Invitational Creative Works, Self-Filmed Division, Woman Film Festival.

 

Money and Honey (2011)

BUSAN International Film Festival Wide-Angle competition section

Opening film at Woman Makes Waves Film Festival

 

Flying in The Darkness (2011)


Lee’s films have been screened at the New York Taiwan Female Film Festival, Macao International Film and Video Festival, Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival, the World Congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, Women Make Waves Film Festival, Canada Taiwan Human Rights Film Festival, and the Yilan Green International Film Festival.


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