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A Matter of Time, 2020

Identifier: vma_2020spring_liu_yang.pdf

Scope and Content Note

From the Series:

The series contains digital Master's theses perdominately from 2018 to present, however there are some older theses from 2010 and 2016. The theses consist of either a production book and a media component or solely a production book. The media components were originally submitted on CDs, DVDs, and Blu-rays and changed to digital submissions in 2020.


  • 2020


Conditions Governing Access

System requirements: Windows Media Player, QuickTime, or RealPlayer.

Conditions Governing Use

The thesis is restricted due to FERPA, permission from the author is required before you can view the thesis.


61 pages (61 pages)

1 digital file (1 digital video (16 minutes) : sound, color)

Language of Materials

From the record group: English

From the record group: Chinese

From the record group: Spanish; Castilian


"'A Matter of Time' is a 15-minute short film written, directed, and edited by Yang Liu. The story describes an independent grandma YING(70s) is in the early stage of Alzheimer's disease living in a small town in China by herself. She insists on working, making a modest living by owning a small tailor shop, while her daughter XIAO YU(late 30s) is married to a laborer working and living in a big city. Xiao Yu travels back to Ying's hometown with her son WEI WEI(7) in order to persuade Ying to move to a public nursing home. The film applies a realist style with stationary camera movements and an objective audio environment to portray citizens at the bottom of society in China. The thesis project focuses on observing and reflecting ordinary people's struggles and conflicts in daily life. In addition, 'A Matter of Time' intends to connect the rapid developments of cities in China and the changes of Ying's inner state to establish a sense of helplessness and loneliness." -- Abstract

Physical Location

RG 010.01C Visual & Media Arts

Physical Description

61 pages + 1 digital video (16 minutes) : sound, color


Media Component ID: TH-DIG006

Repository Details

Part of the Emerson College Archives and Special Collections Repository

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