Taiwanese teenager Su Pin-chieh (???) won the award for best lead actor at the Asian Pacific American Film Festival earlier this month for his role in the film "A Doll's Hug."
The film's producer and director Rob Chih-wen Lo (???), who accepted the award on Su's behalf on May 13 in Washington, DC, said he was excited and proud that Su had won.
Su was 15 years old when he took the role in the film, which follows a Taiwanese boy living in a world full of Barbie dolls and looks at how he learns to fight against violence.
The teenager later enrolled in a drama class at Taipei Municipal Fuxing Senior High School and is now in his second year, Lo said.
"A Doll's Hug" was inspired by real-life events, according to Lo, who said he and his older brother were often bullied when they were children.
Lo said his brother later died from leukemia, while his father had a miraculous recovery from the disease three years ago.
Those were the events that prompted him to make the film, said Lo, a graduate of the Department of Drama and Theater at National Taiwan University and a member of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA).
"A Doll's Hug" made its world premiere at the 2017 Slamdance Film Festival in Utah and was featured at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2017, with sponsorship from Taiwan's Ministry of Culture.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel