Rhymes of Shui Hau
DVD - HK$138
Director: Chan Ho-lun Fredie
Executive producer: Chloe Lai
Wai Tau Waa transcription: Mink Chan, Chris Chu, The Hong Kong Bird Watching Society
Written Cantonese transcription: Hung Wing Hei, Michelle Fong
English translation: Haider Kikabhoy, Charlie Lam
Feature running time: approximately 50 minutes
"Slap my thighs / start a rhythm and sing folk songs / I have no wife so everyone laughs at me / I'll marry a few when I get rich"
Folk songs are often carriers of disappearing local cultures. Rhymes of Shui Hau records a story of three grannies and their Wai Tau Waa folk songs in a Lantau Village. Their songs, which ranges from stories of romance to portraits of the natural habitat, transform the mundane into the lyrical. Fun but also thought-provoking, the documentary reflects on the preservation and inheritance of a precious dialect. The folk songs are also translated into Cantonese and English as part of the preservation efforts.