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My Voice, My Life (2014) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Ruby Yang (Producer, Director)
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Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Ruby Yang (The Blood of Yingzhou District) turns her lens on an inspiring group of Hong Kong high school students in My Voice, My Life. In 2013, L plus H Creations, a non-profit that works with underprivileged youths, invited students from four different schools to work on and perform a musical. Yang followed nine students through the entire process, from auditions and musical training to rehearsals and the final performance. Among the participants are Tzi Lok, a visually impaired boy who will soon be completely blind, Fei Yin, who rarely speaks with his parents, and Fong Yi, a frequent truant who lacks direction. Step by step, the youngsters draw closer and closer to opening day, and in the process, they learn more about themselves, each other and their families.
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Product Title: My Voice, My Life (2014) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 爭氣 (2014) (DVD) (香港版) 争气 (2014) (DVD) (香港版) 爭氣 (2014/香港) (DVD) (香港版) My Voice, My Life (2014) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Director: Ruby Yang 楊紫燁 杨紫烨 Ruby Yang Ruby Yang
Producer: Ruby Yang 楊紫燁 杨紫烨 Ruby Yang Ruby Yang
Release Date: 2015-11-11
Language: Cantonese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital EX(TM) / THX Surround EX(TM)
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: IIA
Duration: 91 (mins)
Publisher: Edko Films Ltd. (HK)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1046515323

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* Special Features:
- Theatrical Trailer
- Making Of: Sio Fan
- Making Of: Realheart Tsang's Diction Training
- Photo Gallery

“There are few feelings as glorious as spreading your wings onstage for the first time.
Ruby Yang captures that rare electricity in her documentary “My Voice, My Life,”…”
– The New York Times
“…an emotionally powerful must-see”
– Edge Media Network

“My Voice, My Life,” a Hong Kong documentary directed by Oscar winner Ruby Yang, chronicles the trials and tribulations of a group of underprivileged middle and high school students as they underwent six months of vigorous training to produce a musical on stage. A life-affirming journey of self-discovery and growth, the stories of these young people will challenge every parent, teacher and policy maker to reflect on our way of nurturing the young.

The film is presented by the L plus H Creations Foundation, in association with the Lee Hysan Foundation.
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The varied voices of Hong Kong youth
Best known for the 2006 Oscar-winning The Blood of Yingzhou District, Ruby Yang spent over a decade documenting social issues and human stories in Mainland China as part of a greater project to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS. In 2013, the Hong Kong-born director moved back to her hometown and pointed her camera towards the underprivileged youth and crew involved in staging a musical organized by the non-profit group L plus H Creations.

My Voice, My Life focuses on the musical's participating students, all of whom attend lower-ranked secondary schools that are considered second-rate in Hong Kong's competitive educational environment. The musical offered a different opportunity for these Band-3 students who are well aware of the social stigma and uphill academic battle ahead of them. In structure, the documentary is very straightforward, observing the musical rehearsals over half a year's time leading up to the final performance. Nine students get special focus, and we meet them one by one through interview segments and peeks into their lives and thoughts.

There are no raw superstars in waiting here. True to unromanticized real life, the teen subjects are only of average talent and some are rather annoying. From the at-risk youth delinquent to the rebellious smart mouth to the many committed but unfocused kids who elicit frustrated lectures from the mentors, My Voice shows them as they are: ordinary, unsure, moody teenagers trying something new, making friends and making changes as they prepare for a musical that honestly only sounds slightly above school play quality – but that makes it all the more meaningful because this musical really is about the process of individual and team growth.

The film's most poignant thread is the presence of four visually impaired students in the musical, in particular an introverted boy who only recently lost his eyesight. Trying to find confidence through singing, Tzi Lok is impressively accepting of his condition while voicing his insecurities and the pain of burdening his parents. The blind students' positive attitude and maturity often put the other kids to shame, and if this film offers any teary moments, it would have to be the sight of the four visually impaired teens giving their all on stage.

By way of its backdrop, My Voice, My Life lacks the immediate impact and focus of Yang's earlier documentaries which took on graver issues in graver places, but the film stands on its own as a grassroots documentary that's uplifting in an understated way. Importantly, the film does not try to tack a message or narrative onto the teens, and rather just lets them speak, sing and find meaning on their own, because that process itself is already a worthy journey.

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