What better way to celebrate Macau Business’s 17th anniversary than to showcase 17 locals aged 35 and younger with the kind of talent that boosts our confidence in the future?
MB May 2021 Special Report | 17 talented young people
Tracy Choi is already a prominent, award-winning local filmmaker, in spite of difficulties making her own films on the themes that interest her most: gender and feminist issues.
Let’s start at the beginning: Tracy Choi was born in Macau and grew up there. When the time came to enter university (2006), she chose to travel to Taiwan for cinema studies, completing the undergraduate program in Film Production at Shih Hsin University. “When I went to study in Taiwan, the world of cinema opened up to me as I had never imagined, because it was one thing to make movies in high school, and another thing to study the technique and history of cinema with other people who shared my passion for film,” she said.
She returned to Macau in 2010 and looked for a job in her field: she was employed by TDM as a show host. That lasted a year.
She returned to school, this time in Hong Kong, for a master’s in Film Production.
Tracy Choi completed that degree in 2013 and returned once more to Macau, starting out as an assistant director on small productions including music videos and advertisements.
But by that time Tracy had already made and written her first documentary, on the issue of the fight for LGBT rights in Macau. Titled I’m Here (2012), it reports on the difficulties women face embracing and being open about their homosexuality with their families in a society like Macau.
The documentary attracted international attention and earned prizes and invitations to participate in various festivals in Asia and Europe where the message of combating sexual discrimination was being disseminated.
In 2016, she premiered her first feature film, Sisterhood, which continues the theme of sexual discrimination against the LGBT community. In the years that followed she presented at several festivals and won several awards with the movie.
In recent years Tracy has taken on the job of producer for the first time – on two films (Years of Macau and Ina and the Blue Tiger Sauna). “It’s all new to me, and these two films are both Macau indies. I’ve learned so much from this, and I’m also glad to be able to help other filmmakers in Macau.”
She’s currently involved in the production of another project, by António Caetano Faria (Beautiful Game), but what she wants most is to make a film again. If all has gone well, by the time you’re reading this Tracy Choi will be in Hong Kong shooting a new movie called Lovely 18 about a girl growing up in the 80s and becoming a film star in the 90s.
Her career is only getting started, and Tracy is just 32 years old, but in bringing gender issues to the table she is one of the faces of the fight for the rights of the LGBT community. And not just in Macau.