HBO Asia has begun production on an original documentary, The World Behind the Teenage Psychic.
The original production seeks to delve deeper into the traditions and culture that the coming-of-age series The Teenage Psychic is based on. Filmed entirely in Taiwan, the hour-long Mandarin documentary explores some of the unique shamanistic practices that call Taiwan home – taking the audience on a journey through the rituals and beliefs surrounding the Ghost Month.
The Ghost Month is the pinnacle of the annual spiritual calendar in Taiwan – when the gates of hell are said to open, and spirits enter the world of the living. Weaving through the festivities, The World Behind the Teenage Psychic follows different characters to explore how a distinct blend of Taoist, Buddhist, Chinese folklore and indigenous belief systems continue to flourish in modern Taiwan.
Throughout the documentary, followers and devotees share thoughts on why these practices are still relevant and a part of everyday life, while leading academics explain how and why spiritual belief remains so deeply-rooted into the modern fabric of the island.
The film is scheduled to premiere later this year on HBO Asia’s on-air, online and on-demand platforms.