My Mother, Myself & I
directed by King Yaw Soon
Narrative Short | 2018 | USA | 7 min | Chinese, English
"When you know how much the truth hurts, why would you ever tell it to your loved ones?"
Four vignettes, four mother-son moments, one unspoken truth.
My Mother, Myself, and I is a Chinese coming-of-age short film consisting of four acts. Each act is a long take capturing the brief but intricate interaction between a single-mother and her son at the ages of 5, 10, 20, and 25 years old. These four mother-son moments offer a glimpse into their relationship and how it evolves across the years as they tread lightly on the issue of traditional Chinese family values and the social taboos of sexual infidelity and homosexuality.
Award-winning filmmaker and graphic designer, King Yaw Soon was born in Tawau, Malaysia in July 1992. His creative journey began in 2011 when he won the Malaysia Top 10 Young Artists Awards and received a full scholarship to study art at The One Academy, Malaysia. After majoring in digital animation for three years, he decided to pursue film in the United States of America. Graduated summa cum laude from San Francisco State University with a BA in Cinema in 2018, King has produced and directed several short films. His first documentary "Something Carved And Real" won the National Best Picture at Campus MovieFest 2016-2017 Season as well as an opportunity to represent the organization in the Campus MovieFest showcase at the Cannes Court Métrage 2017. Later that same summer, he was chosen to represent the USA as one of 24 filmmaker teams from around the world to compete in the Thailand International Destination Film Festival. His undergraduate thesis film "My Mother, Myself & I" won the coveted Jury Award at the 58th SF Film Finals in 2018. He currently resides in San Francisco and works as a video editor at Electronic Arts.