Songs For You, Always

  • Director

    Jiale Hu

  • Country, Year, Length

    United States, 2022, 07 minutes 54 seconds

  • Category

    Short Documentary

  • Format


  • Festival Year


Film Screening & Ticket Information

When & Where to See this Film!

Date, Time & Location:

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2ND • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
QUEENS THEATRE • 14 United Nations Avenue South • Flushing Meadows Corona Park • Queens, NY 11368


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Cheryl Marshall is no stranger to big stages in the city that never sleeps. A Juilliard graduate, she was once a well-known New Music Soprano in New York. Her performances included pieces by hallmark composers such as Milton Babbitt and John Cage; her name was on reviews of The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and many more.

Now, Cheryl still sings in New York, only on a much smaller stage—at the bedside of residents in nursing homes. “Small is good,” she says with passion about her work named Compassion Care and Music, “the smaller, the better.”


Key cast: Cheryl Marshall
Director, producer, cinematographer, editor: Jiale Hu
Additional camera: Ashely Jiang
Special thanks: NYU News & Documentary Program, Boro Park Care Center, Con-solatio.

Director Statement

Led by Cheryl, I encountered the reality of aging often tucked away in our celebration of New York as an ever-youthful city. And it wasn’t “easy”—to sense the slow passing of time, to witness the sufferings of physical and mental decay, and to reckon with how we all belong to this reality. Many times, I catch myself wanting to escape.

Thanks to Cheryl and many other workers’ presence, I stayed a little longer. And as I stayed, I caught a glimpse of another—and perhaps more lasting—beauty in each person there.

I wish that you too could stay a little, and catch a glimpse of this beauty.

Director Biography

Originally from Shanghai, Jiale began making documentary films at the University of Notre Dame in 2019. Her 12-minute debut film Mama Yen tells the story of a Vietnam War refugee, Yen, who brings a taste of home to younger Asian migrants in a small Midwestern town. Along with five other screenings, she was awarded Best Director at the 10th Queens World Film Festival in 2020. Jiale then worked as an explainer video producer at DX Channel in China, reporting on topics from AI suicide prevention on Weibo to specialty coffee farmers in Yunnan.

Now, she’s working on her master thesis film at New York University. Her wish is to always grow in humility with each film she makes, and to capture the disarming beauty in our fragile humanity.