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2019, 16' - Trailer. A young woman gives birth to a jellyfish during an attempted abortion.

“Abortion and childbirth are treated like a big secret. You don’t know and you don’t care about what it’s like until you experience it yourself.”

Luo Jian

Who or what do you believe when you can’t believe your eyes? In other words, how does one validate a personal experience when no two realities run parallel? ‘What Do You Know About The Water and The Moon’ alludes to the knotty gamut of emotions women are met with during the process of terminating a pregnancy. From loneliness, perplexity, and dissociation to relief and a renewed sense of hope and optimism, the film is a journey of self-consolation and an expression of solidarity with others who have lived through what is a common, but deeply personal and variegated experience. (Text NOWNESS ASIA)

Read the interview with Luo Jian on NOWNESS ASIA

“A short which carries itself with strong visual poetry, forming a beautiful concoction of longing and magical realism”

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CLERMONT-FERRAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – World Premiere
PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL SHORTFEST – WINNER Best Live Action Short
63rd BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL – NOMINATED Best Short Film
STOCKHOLM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – NOMINATION Aluminium Horse
AFI FEST
NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL
BROOKLYN WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL – WINNER Best Cinematography
ASIAN AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
LEEDS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
ENCOUNTERS FILM FESTIVAL
VIENNA SHORTS
ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL
TALLAHASSEE FILM FESTIVAL
MARYLAND FILM FESTIVAL
LA GUARIMBA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
FEMALE EYE FILM FESTIVAL
LAGO FILM FEST
WIZ-ART FILM FESTIVAL
FIRST INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
FLICKERS’ RHODE ISLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
LUCAS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
STUFF MX FILM FEST
SEOUL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
SALUTE YOUR SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL
SAN DIEGO ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL
FILM FEST GENT – OFFICIAL SELECTION
PRAGUE SHORT FILM FESTIVAL – WINNER Special Mention
PENDANCE FILM FESTIVAL – WINNER Jury Award