Coming from "Never Leave", different from Liao Kefa's family history of vacancy from his own family three years ago, 2019's "There Are Some Trees" also uses the "vacancy" in historical objects to guide the whole film The core question of the documentary. From "grandfather's identity" to "race", the absence and missing information revealed by the camera all point to the history and truth that is still missing in Malaysia. It was not until the camera chose to look at the scene that the bearer sighed slowly.
What cannot be stored in human memory must be remembered by a camera, and what is forgotten by an axe, trees will remember. In Liao Kefa's feature-length documentary films, he always remembers those things that were deliberately photo retouching forgotten. For feature-length documentaries that always start with questions, director Liao Kefa said that they all stem from an exploration of the uncertainty of one's own state. Indeed, up to the feature film "Jackfruit", Liao Kefa's images are almost all aimed at clarifying the relationship between individuals and their hometown and land using memory as the umbilical cord.
In "There Are Some Trees", Liao Kefa first threw out the "race" that Malaysia has long been the core of the dispute, and then juxtaposed the history of exploitation of the indigenous people on the Malay Peninsula and the May 13 incident that marked the conflict between the MCA and the "race" proposition. Based on the memory of the land, it lays out the complex ethnic politics in Malaysia.