Taiwan Film Festival
||Sundays, September 8, 15, 22 | 1:00 p.m.
The Delaware Art Museum is pleased to be a venue for the fifth year of the Taiwan Film Festival, presented by Hanlin Chinese Culture Association, Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (USA), and Taipei Culture Center in New York. For more information on the Taiwan Film Festival, including full film descriptions, visit hanlincca.org. Free.
Sunday, September 8
1:00 p.m. - Opening remarks by Taini Hsu, Executive Director, Hanlin Chinese Culture Association
1:15 p.m. - Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale (2011, 150 minutes). Director: Wei Te-Sheng.
The epic film offers a unique retelling of an extraordinary and little-known episode from 20th-century history: between 1895 and 1945, Taiwan was a Japanese colony inhabited by both Han Chinese immigrants and the remnants of the aboriginal tribes who first settled the land. In 1930 Mouna Rudo, the leader of one of these Seediq tribes, forged a coalition with other Seediq tribal heads and plotted a rebellion against their Japanese colonial masters.
Sunday, September 15
1:00 p.m. - Money and Honey (2011, 96 minutes). Director: Jasmine Lee Ching Hui.
Money and Honey intimately portray the lives of Filipino migrant workers and the elders in a nursing home in Taipei. On this foreign island, the female caregivers look after the ageing residents. In the flow of life, stories of joy and sorrow take place. What's the price they pay for love and bread? Will their dreams ever come true?
2:45 p.m. - Taiwanese Opera Maestro in Taiwan: Liao Chiung chih (2011, 45 min). Director: Fu Chi Chung.
This documentary tells the story of the famous opera actress Liao, who won the National Cultural Award of the ROC (Taiwan) – the highest award given to those who have made extraordinary contributions in arts and cultural fields.
Sunday, September 22:
1:00 p.m. - A Year in the Clouds (2011, 90 minutes). Directors: Dean Johnson and Frank Smith.
High in the mountains of Taiwan, is the remote village of Smangus. Inhabited by a unique group of indigenous people called the Tayal, Smangus is the only place in Taiwan that now practices common ownership of land and property. This is a place where nature and man have found balance. The film, directed by British directors Dean Johnson and Frank Smith, shows the different kind of dignity and attitude toward life displayed by traditional indigenous people when they encounter modern civilization.
2:45 p.m. - Ebb and Flow (2011, 60 minutes). Director: Ke Chin-Yuan.
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) once considered the expansive tidal flats connecting the Dadu and Zhuoshui River estuaries in southeastern Taiwan as one of Asia’s most significant wetland areas. This area was once one of Taiwan’s most important bird habitats as well. But the passage of time has increasingly distanced local fishing villages from the sea and its sustenance.