Kut O Da Jiu is a short documentary that follows the wonderful and extravagant 4 day festival that occurs once every 10 years on Kut O Island.
The Island is located in the North-Eastern area of the New Territories, Hong Kong and was once a bustling fishing village during its time. The documentary highlights the celebrations that sees an ongoing tradition continue after many years. Thousands of people from all around the World return to the Island where their ancestors had settled many years ago.
The build up to the festival is infectious as the Island provides the opportunity for many to re-unite with old friends and family members who they had not seen in years.
A vibrant festival atmosphere that sees an abundance of colourful costumes and performers of all kinds, Da Jiu is a truly special occasion that will live long in the memories of those who were fortunate to take part, witness and involved directly in the organisation and creation of the festival.
It is thought that this particular decennial celebration could potentially be the last large scale one due to the overwhelming task of organising the festival both financially and physically. The community of course hope to pass their knowledge on to the next generation, in order for this incredible tradition to continue to prosper for many more years to come.
Narrated by my Grandma in traditional 'Hakka' dialect, Kut O Da Jiu is a personal project that I'm blessed to have had the opportunity to embrace, create and share.