Exhibition, Screening & discussion : Rhymes of Shui Hau

Show - Movie

Integer Foundation Association
  • Fri 15-12-2017 7:30 PM - 2 h

The Jockey Club Studio Theatre

HKD 100, HKD 80 (Fringe members)

In Cantonese with little English


Fringe Box OfficeArt-mate


The village of Shui Hau is 300 years old. It is bounded by Lantau Peak to the north and the South China Sea to the south. In Chinese, “Shui Hau” means the mouth of a waterway, which explains its geographic location. The village, or rather the island where it is situated, must be understood with an appreciation of the sea. Lantau Island is part of an archipelago separating the Pearl River and the open seas. The waterway connects Lantau to the Soko Islands, Cheung Chau, Peng Chau, Macau and other cities and settlements in the Pearl River Delta. Recent human settlements in Lantau can only be understood from the perspective of the sea and its seafarers.

“Rhymes of Shui Hau” features three elderly women from the village. Their stories, and the rhymes they hum in Wai Tau Waa, an age-old dialect that many can no longer comprehend, offer a glimpse of Hong Kong before its industrialisation and urbanisation. If their rhymes open a window to the city’s past, they are also a peephole into our future. If development and urban expansion are given free rein, we will soon forget the vernacular heritage that has been lost.

*The documentary will screen for 50 minutes, followed by a Q&A session. The audience may come earlier to see an exhibition on Shui Hau, displayed in the same room of the screening.


Language: Chinese with English subtitles

Age limit: Nil

Duration: 90 minutes


Production / Artist

Executive Producer Chloe Lai

Director   Chan Ho-lun Fredie

Aerial Cinematographer Herman Lau

Wai Tau Waa Translation Mink Chan, Chu Tsz-yui, The Hong Kong Bird Watching Society

Text  Haider Kikabhoy, Teresa Ho, Hung Wing-hei, Charlie Lam, Jenny Li

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