ViciousCircle – dir. Tianyun Lyu

Original Film Title: 恶性循环

Director’s Name: Tianyun Lyu

Writer’s Name: Tianyun Lyu

Producer: Tianyun Lyu

Country of Origin: United States

Country of Filming: United States

Language: Chinese

Runtime: 11 minutes 7 seconds

Film Description:

Vicious Circle is an experimental documentary animation about my relationship with my mother. The audio consists of a recorded conversation between me and my grandmother.
My grandmother speaks openly about her relationship with her daughter (my mother.)
During the conversation my grandmother explains how she sent my mother to someone else’s house for foster care because she could not afford to care for her. My grandmother explains their current complicated relationship.
My grandmother’s lack of love for my mother resulted in my mothers exerting extreme control over me. This vicious cycle was a result of actions brought about by the family between three generations.
The film uses celluloid film as the main form of animation, and utilizes a large number of photo collage sequences to illustrate the tragedy of two generations of mothers and daughters.