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Rice Distribution 平安米 (DVD)
 
Tammy Cheung 張虹

The Ghost Festival takes place during the seventh lunar month. The gates of hell are opened to free the hungry ghosts who wander the world seeking food. During this month, Chinese pay tribute to their ancestors and offer food to the deceased to appease them and ward off bad luck.
In Hong Kong, besides staging ceremonies to honor the dead, many Taoist organizations also give away rice to the elderly and the poor. The rice distribution depicted in this film was one of the largest events, and attracted over 8,000 people. The event was scheduled to last from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.. In order to ensure a place in the line, most of the participants arrived before dawn.

故事描述去年九月三日,在慈雲山球場舉行的一次盂蘭節派米活動。參加輪米人仕約有八千二百人,大部份為長者,當中亦有不少傷殘人仕。派米活動在當日上午九時開始,直至傍晚六時結束,大部份參加者在清晨四時已抵達球場輪候,當日警方派出約百名警員到場維持秩序。

Ngau Tau Kok Estate is one of the oldest and largest public housing projects in Hong Kong. Most of the residents are either elderly and live alone, or working class families. Since 2001, after the government announced its plan to redevelop the area, residents have been gradually relocated to new housing estates. Following two social workers who work with the residents as they deal with the relocation, the film offers is a glimpse of the lives of old people. It is a group portrait of our parents and grandparents.

牛頭角,為本港最大的舊型公共屋之一,居民多為獨居長者及貧苦家庭。政府近年重建該區,自2001年起居民陸續搬去其他新屋。本片以五個多月的時間拍攝,紀錄獨居長者搬遷期間遇上的種種困難,以及日常生活的苦與樂。

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