Directed by

Shih-Chieh Chiu

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Fundamental

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SYNOPSIS

The animation is based on a self-experience. It is about the injury of rigid religious upbringing to a teenager who discovers the strange and terrifying reality behind fundamentalism. Warped into an ultra-religious environment from a young age, his surroundings force him to adhere to a rigid and sometimes irrational world-view. He eventually succumbs to the madness, and lives consumed by guilt while devouring every crumb of false hope thrown at him from his religious community. One day he gathers the courage to leave his faith behind, and sees that human existence is actually a more nuanced experience than the black and white reality in which he grew up in. By using metaphors of signs and symbols, the animation highlights and describes the mental illness caused by the conservative church on the lead character and illustrates how the character makes his way out from his dire situation.

BIO

Director Shih-Chieh Chiu was born in Taipei, Taiwan. The style of his animations is varied: his works include the stop-motion TOMATO ADVENTURE and the 3D computer animation PSYPATH, among other creations produced via diverse techniques. Chiu has recently evolved in his style, from making animations for children, to creating stories regarding personal experiences and more mature subjects.

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