Filmed as a short for films4peace 2012, here is a little about the film in the artists own words.
“Mazu is a 16th century deity from the Fujian Province in South China, who is called upon by
fishermen and sailors looking for peace and protection. In this short visual meditation, I have
reworked the Mazu Myth, liberating her from this original context. Here, alone in these
distilled film frames, we focus on the famous Chinese screen idol Maggie Cheung’s gestural
performance, as she makes her haunting plea for peace and reconciliation.
‘Peace’ is often understood as an antonym of ‘war’ but it also has a broader meaning as
freedom from disturbance. This is the peace longed for by the different generations of
fishermen, cockle pickers, worldly travelers and migrants depicted in my film installations,
such as Ten Thousand Waves, where Maggie Cheung first played the role of Mazu. People all
over the word risk their lives daily in treacherous journeys, trying to reach difficult
destinations, escaping famine and war, or improving their living conditions: risking everything
to achieve a better life. I see this piece as Mazu serenading them all for peace. It is for those
weary souls, who hopefully one day will receive the peace they deserve.”
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