Survival guide for radioactive village
This series of four low budget short films were produced to support more conventional protests against a proposed heavy metals refinery in Malaysia, by the Australian company Lynas.
Meishi Street 煤市街
Located in central Beijing to the South West of the Tian’anmen Square, Meishi Street was a bustling residential area in a working class neighbourhood. In 2005, like many neighbourhoods in central Beijing, the street was torn down to make room for new real estate and tourism developments in conjunction with the 2008 Beijing Olympic games. Zhang Jianli, one of the residents and a restaurant owner, collaborated with the visual artist Ou Ning to document the neighborhood’s demolition.
Let It Be: The Last Rice Farmers 無米樂
Let It Be follows the everyday toil of four elderly rice farmers in southern Taiwan's rice-producing countryside, near Tainan. With rustic humour and humility, their stories provide a local perspective on the sometimes adverse effects of new economic policies on farming communities, and their threatened cultures.
No Form 無色 and The Skywalk is Gone 天橋不見了
No Form 無色
Stray Dogs 郊遊
Acclaimed director Tsai Ming-liang will present three of his films, as a guest of the conference Taiwan: the View from the South, hosted by CIW and the Institute of Taiwan History, Academica Sinica. An alcoholic man and his two young children barely survive on the fringes of bustling Taipei. A chance meeting with a lonely grocery clerk might help them make a better life.
Red Persimmons 満山紅柿:上山柿と人とのゆきかい
Despite the picturesque scenery and rustic subject, the film is not a nostalgic depiction of rural life. Instead, Ogawa and Peng focus on the human agents that negotiate, and often drive the modernisation of their rural community and its ways. Tracing lives that reach across decades of war and intense economic development, the film remains stubbornly focused on the persistence of persimmon cultivation, which continues to inform the identity of this place and its people.
Marah di Bumi Lambu 'Rage in Lambu Land’
This film tells the story of how the people of Lambu have come to terms with their physical and spiritual wounds since this violent clash. It also demonstrates how land rights are also a human rights issue.
The Hungry Tide
Maria Tomon is from the central Pacific nation of Kiribati, but now lives in Sydney, where she works for an NGO raising awareness of Pacific climate change issues to schools and community groups. But her spiritual home remains the small atoll of Beru, where her father, a proud village elder, lives. As rising sea levels and increasing salinity immediately threaten the lives of 105,000 people spread over 33 atolls, Maria struggles to balance the needs of her family back home, with the urgent task of raising awareness of her nation’s plight in the international community.
Precipitations is a video work filmed in Kowloon during the rainy spring of 2013. It is less a forecast than a portrait of the city, drawn via the journeys of several people involved to varying degrees with art and social activism. It falls within the precipices of an everyday and the realm of change, where such change comes about by the breadth of a footstep, with the crossing of a threshold, through the struggle for sociopolitical transformation.
China's 3 Dreams
Shot over eleven years around China’s western metropolis of Chongqing, this film explores how China’s policies affect the lives and wellbeing of its people, especially the common dreams that drive their values and aspirations. Young people such as Lei, ‘the searcher’, who runs a tea-house in an old part of town, are caught between a doctored history taught at school and the reluctance of their grandparents to dwell on the social tragedies of China’s past, which continue to deeply and subtly define the present.