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Rice Distribution

Tammy Cheung

Release year: 2003

Run time: 35mins

Film type: Documentary


In Hong Kong, during the Chinese Ghost Festival, Taoist organizations hold rice distribution events, in which poor people receive bags of rice. The film records one of the largest rice distribution events, during which more than eight thousand people showed up for the rice, most of them being the elderly, as well as some disabled people.


Director biography

Tammy Cheung is a documentary filmmaker who was born in China, grew up in Hong Kong and is based in the UK since 2022. After years of working as a film festival organizer in Canada, Cheung made her directorial debut in 1999 in Hong Kong. Using the "Direct Cinema" approach, her works mainly deal with current social and political issues. Her previous films include Invisible Women, Secondary School, Rice Distribution, Moving, July, Speaking Up, Village Middle School and Election. Red Kalyna is Cheung’s first production after moving to the UK. It depicts the plight of Ukrainian refugees after the Russian Invasion. Presently, she is working on the second documentary about the war in Ukraine.