Ada Hui wins the Commendation Award at the 2017 TVB Inter-Collegiate Documentary Competition


許玉珠在第四屆「TVB 大專紀實短片比賽」勇奪優異獎

Date: 24 Aug 2017 (Thursday)

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Journalism student claims Commendation Award at inter-collegiate documentary competition

新聞系學生再度勇奪新聞短片製作優異獎

Ada Hui (Broadcast Journalism, Year 4) won the Commendation Award for her work entitled “A love as myself” at the 2017 TVB Inter-Collegiate Documentary Competition. HKBU students have won an award at this annual competition every single year since it was launched in 2014.
 
“A love as myself” is about a transgender person’s struggle resulting from his family’s vigorous opposition to his sex reassignment. At one stage he had also not accepted that his boyfriend should undergo the same surgery.
 
Ada said that Hong Kong society used to discuss transgender issues a lot but then the issue became less talked about, without any apparent reason. So Ada contacted the related organisations, talked with transgender cases, and conducted comprehensive research to learn more about this topic. Through producing her report, she has learnt a great deal about the complicated feelings experienced by transgender people and their family members.
 
Ada said that transgender people suffer great psychological pain. They always think that they were born with the wrong sex and live in inappropriate bodies. Some of them even face discrimination in their work places. On top of this, once their family members and friends cannot accept their situation, they can easily take the slippery road to ruin. The fact that most of their family members are against their sex reassignment surgeries is partly to their being unable to accept the sudden changes, but more likely it is because they love and worry so much about them. In these situations, two-way communication between them is all-important so that an understanding can be reached. 
 
Ada took six months to complete the documentary, which involved writing the story line, researching the information, arranging interviews and the post production work. For her, getting potential interviewees to talk was the most difficult part. “Many transgender people hide their identity during their daily lives. In addition, painful feelings are stirred up once they talk about their experience in detail, so they reject being interviewed outright.” However thanks to Ada’s sincerity in her approach and her detailed preparation, she won their trust and was able to complete her report. 
 
Ada is extremely grateful to Mr Fung Tak-hung and Mr Sum Wan-wah, Part-time Lecturers of the Department of Journalism, for their guidance throughout the production. She also thanked Ms Bonnie Chiu, Associate Head, and Mr Bruce Lui, Senior Lecturer of the Department, for their help over the past few years. “They helped me a lot to improve my report angle, editing the content and making the voiceover, all of which helped to enhance the film’s impact,” she said. 
 
Now in its fourth year, the competition presents three awards – a Grand Jury Prize and two Commendation Awards. Participants from local tertiary institutions are required to produce a documentary of around nine minutes on Hong Kong social issues, made in compliance with the Generic Code of Practice on Television Advertising Standards. The winning work will be aired on 2 September on TVB Jade.
 

許玉珠(廣播新聞四年級)於第四屆「TVB 大專紀實短片比賽」,憑新聞短片《愛人.如己》擊敗來自多所院校的隊伍,勇奪優異獎。這是浸大學生自該比賽於2014年首辦以來,連續第四年奪得獎項。
 
《愛人.如己》講述一位跨性別人士過去面對家人大力反對自己變性,其後自己亦由不接受到支持男朋友變性的心路歷程。玉珠表示,跨性別人士的議題曾引起社會熱烈討論,但不知何故沉寂下來,所以聯絡相關機構,接觸跨性別人士及作大量的資料蒐集。她從中了解跨性別人士及其家人的複雜感受。
 
她說:「跨性別人士承受巨大的心理痛苦,因為他們覺得其天生的性別是錯誤的,生活在一個不適合的身軀中,部分人士更在工作上遇到歧視。如果連朋友及家人都不體諒,他們很容易選擇走上絕路。其實,大部分家人反對他們變性,除了因為難以接受突然的轉變外,更大部分是因為太愛惜或擔心他們;所以雙向的溝通十分重要,讓雙方可以互諒。」
 
從構思、資料蒐集、安排訪問到後期製作,玉珠總共花了半年才完成短片,當中最大的困難在於尋找受訪者。她說:「不少跨性別人士一直隱藏身份,而且一旦受訪,便要重提過去的痛苦經歷,因此不太願意接受訪問。」幸好她憑著真誠及充足的準備,才成功與受訪者建立信任,完成採訪。
 
玉珠感謝新聞系的支持,包括兼職講師馮德雄先生及岑蘊華先生在短片拍攝過程中提供的建議,還有副系主任趙麗如女士及高級導師呂秉權先生多年來的指導。她說:「他們在新聞角度、剪輯、旁白等都給我很多寶貴及實際的意見,讓短片更能感動人心。」
 
「TVB 大專紀實短片比賽」共設三個獎項,包括一個「評審大獎」及兩個「優異獎」,參賽隊伍需製作約九分鐘關於香港社會時事的主題而符合《電視通用業務守則》的紀實短片。得獎作品將於9月2日在無線電視翡翠台播出。