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Taiwan Film Festival 臺灣電影節 2017

Indigenous Representations and Responses 原民現身與迴聲

1-3 December 2017

Venue: The Auditorium, CIW Building #188, Fellows Lane

Indigenous cultures form the foundation of contemporary Taiwan. Yet, representation of indigenous people in Taiwan cinema has often been controversial. These films include stereotypical portrayals of Taiwan’s aboriginal peoples in the 1960s to popular contemporary films by indigenous directors. This diverse program features documentaries and feature films that engage with cultural, social, ecological and political issues pertinent to Taiwan’s past and present.

All screenings are FREE and open to the public, but bookings are essential. All films have English subtitles.

Ticket registration | Download the programme (PDF, 8.1MB)

Friday 1 December- Opening Night Film

Saturday 2 December

Sunday 3 December

Friday 1 December

1
Dec
5.30 pm
Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale I 賽德克·巴萊 : 太陽旗
Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale I 賽德克·巴萊 : 太陽旗 (2h24m; 2011, MA15+)

Directed by Wei Te-sheng 魏德聖

 

This epic film, produced by John Woo and one of Taiwan’s box office hits, recounts the violent events of the Wushe Incident, a Seediq uprising against Japanese rule in 1930.

Saturday 2 December

2
Dec
10.00 am

Song of Orchid Island 蘭嶼之歌

Song of Orchid Island 蘭嶼之歌 (1h34m; 1965)

Directed by Pan Lei 潘壘

 

Filmed on this idyllic island southeast of Taiwan, Song of Orchid Island employs common stereotypes to deliver a romantic story of a doctor’s encounter with an island girl.

2
Dec
11.45 am

How Deep is the Ocean 海有多深

How Deep is the Ocean 海有多深 (60m; 2000; PG)

Directed by Tang Shiang-chu 湯湘竹

 

Dislocation and despair, return and recovery, this film documents one Yami (Tao) man’s journey from Orchid Island to Taipei and back again, escaping addiction through the healing powers of community and the ocean.

2
Dec
2.00 pm

Asia is One アジアは一つ

Asia is One アジアは一つ (1h36m;1972)

Directed by Nihon Documentary Union

 

Filmed by activist documentary makers from Tokyo, this recently rediscovered underground film takes us from Taiwanese migrant workers in American-occupied Okinawa to a small Atayal village in the mountains of eastern Taiwan.

2
Dec
4.30 pm

Lokah Laqi (Hang in There, Kids!) 只要我長大

Lokah Laqi (Hang in There, Kids!) 只要我長大 (1h30m; 2016; PG)

Directed by Laha Mebow 陳潔瑤

 

Discover the challenges and joys of life from the perspective of three charismatic boys living in Sqoyaw village in Taichung.

2
Dec
7.30 pm

Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale II 賽德克·巴萊: 彩虹橋

Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale II 賽德克·巴萊: 彩虹橋 (2h12m; 2011; MA15+)

Directed by Wei Te-sheng 魏德聖

 

Continuing from the first film, shown on Friday night, the conflict between the Seediq and the Japanese forces escalates with brutal consequences.

Sunday 3 December

3
Dec
10.00 am

Voices of Orchid Island 蘭嶼觀點

Voices of Orchid Island 蘭嶼觀點 (1h13m; 1993; PG)

Directed by Hu Tai-li 胡台麗

 

The film by Taiwan’s most eminent ethnographic film makers, examines the social and ecological problems that Yami (Tao) people face, especially the government’s controversial and continued use of the island as a nuclear waste dump.

3
Dec
11.20 am

Old Seafarer 老海人洛馬比克

Old Seafarer 老海人洛馬比克 (25m; 2015; PG)

Directed by Cheng Yu-Chieh 鄭有傑

 

Based on a story by Syaman Rapongan 夏曼‧藍波安, a noted writer of Orchid Island’s Yami (Tao) tribe, this gentle short film looks at the complexities of young love in the martial law period (1947-97) while evoking deep economic and spiritual connections with the ocean.

3
Dec
1.30 pm

Connection by Fate 超級公民

Connection by Fate 超級公民 (1h53m; 1998; M)

Directed by Wan Jen 萬仁

 

Starring musician Chang Chen-yue 張震嶽/Ayal Komod 海雅谷慕, this is one of the few films of Taiwan’s famed New Cinema movement to consider indigenous Taiwan. Director Wan Jen hauntingly explores intersections of the afterlife and daily struggle in a gritty and lonely fin de siècle Taipei.

3
Dec
4.15 pm

Children in Heaven 天堂小孩

Children in Heaven 天堂小孩 (13m; 1997)

Directed by Mayaw Biho 馬躍‧比吼

 

Children in Heaven documents the aboriginal community living under the Sanying Bridge in New Taipei City. The film addresses aboriginal people’s right to housing by observing how the community faces the annual cycle of forced eviction and subsequent home construction.

3
Dec
4.15 pm

My River 我家門前有大河

My River 我家門前有大河(60m; 2009)

Directed by Mayaw Biho 馬躍‧比吼

 

Ten years after Children in Heaven, following the umpteenth demolition of the residences of Sanying in New Taipei City, Mayaw Biho returned with his camera to meet the family he had filmed. The film takes a close look at the dire situation faced by many Taiwanese aborigines.

3
Dec
7.30 pm

Wawa no cidal 太陽的孩子

Wawa no cidal 太陽的孩子(1h39m; 2015)

Directed by Cheng Yu-Chieh 鄭有傑 and Lekal Sumi Cilangasan 勒嘎·舒米

 

Conflicts surrounding family, real estate development, and traditional agricultural lifestyles on Taiwan’s stunning east coast are at the core of this warm film. With a soundtrack produced by the innovative Amis musician Suming 舒米恩, Wawa no cidal also offers an excellent introduction to popular and contemporary indigenous music.

The Australian Centre on China in the World gratefully acknowledges the generous support of our Opening Night partner, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Australia.

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