Asia and the Pacific Screens
Let It Be: The Last Rice Farmers 無米樂
5:30pm - 8:00pm
04 Feb 2015
The Auditorium, China in the World Building (188), Fellows Lane, ANU
Focusing on the everyday life and daily toil of four elderly rice farmers in the heart of southern Taiwan's rice-producing countryside, Let It Be (“Bo Bi Lok” in Taiwanese) explores our relationship with the land. Essuing narration, the film shares the farmers’ own reflections and hardships, full of rustic humour and pathos. In this small, dwindling rural village near Tainan, the farmers have lived through successive political regimes, and rapid technological and urban change, weathering the vagaries of the market. Even though World Trade Organisation policies have affected the farmers' livelihood, their fortitude and humanity against hardship remains. Widely acclaimed in Taiwan, the film contributed to debates about the adverse effects of global WTO policies on local agriculture, and the cultures it sustains.