motherland 母懷之地 (2021)

motherland 母懷之地 (2021)
12 mins 13 secs

A grieving boy moves the across liminal spaces of his memory in search of someone he’s lost. Through this act, he must confront the tension and trauma within his body to find solace.

motherland 母懷之地 is an experimental movement-based film generously commissionsed and supported by FORM (The Festival of Recorded Movement) in Vancouver, Canada. It premiered on September 17 2021 at FORM and will be submitted to select film festivals. Special thanks to Sarah Wong, Joshua Lam, Shiun Okado, Veron Xio, Sophia Wolfe, and Tamar Tabori.

Viewings available upon request


2024 DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon (Eugene, OR)
2023 FURIES Contemporary Dance Film Festival (Marsoui, QC)
2023 IMAGES Festival (Toronto, ON)
2022 Vancouver Asian Film Festival (Vancouver, BC)
2022 SFU ArtsLive (Vancouver, BC)
2021 Festival of Recorded Movement (Vancouver, BC)


Writer, Director, Producer, Performer, Editor: Alger Ji-Liang
Director, Producer, Editor, Craft Services: Joshua Lam
Choreographer, Behind-the-Scenes Videographer: Sarah Wong
Director of Photography, VFX: Shiun Okada
Background Talent: James Albers, Suyu He, Hubey Razon, Martin Yeo, Ophelia Zhao, Alex Yeung
1st Assistant Camera: Rachel Chen
2nd Assistant Camera: Kasra Asad
Grip / LX, On-Location Sound: Osmar Wong
Behind-the-Scenes Photographers: Hubey Razon, Gloria Wong
Production Assistant: Michelle Strauss
Production Gear: Sam Lin, Rachel Chen, Brian Cheung, Sam Lin, Shiun Okada
Sound Designer, Music Composer: Veron Xio
Colourist: Patrick Gong
Editing Supervisor: Ian Tan
Foley Artist, Music Supervisor: Alger Ji-Liang
Music: motherland; written and produced by Veron Xio; courtesy of the artist
Music: Unconditional; produced by DJ Houseplants; courtesy of the artist
Rehearsal Studio Space sponsored by Gold Saucer
Production Gear sponsored by Cineworks
Mentors: Nancy Lee, Ying Wang
Translation editors: Aydin Quach, David Ezra Wang