A subtropical island with a topography ranging from plains to peaks, Taiwan’s eco- and bio-diversity is known worldwide. Taiwan is a young island of mountains formed by two million years of geological activity. Director Ke Chin-Yuan’s “eco-documentary” showcases the breathtaking beauty of Taiwan’s m...(Read more)
A subtropical island with a topography ranging from plains to peaks, Taiwan’s eco- and bio-diversity is known worldwide. Taiwan is a young island of mountains formed by two million years of geological activity. Director Ke Chin-Yuan’s “eco-documentary” showcases the breathtaking beauty of Taiwan’s mountains, documents the rise and fall of Taiwanese forestry, and criticizes the violence of historical governmental forestry policy.
Director Ke Chin-Yuan has made documentaries for over 20 years, making films with a “long-term on-site,” “field research” focus. What he’s achieved, though, is not merely an anthropological ethnographic and sociological study, but also a filmmakers’ lyrical hymn to Taiwan’s lands. Ke’s filmmaking group spent a year and a half visiting Taiwan’s five main peaks, tracing from river mouths, deltas and seashores to sources on the highest mountains, from newly sprouted saplings to sacred trees millennia old. This film covers the panorama of the interactions between forests and mankind, and thus is not just an “eco-documentary,” but also a history of Taiwan’s part in the Green Revolution and a humanistic critique of that part. Mankind’s excessive logging and felling of trees has led to the desertification of lands, the evacuation or extinction of wild animals, and the imbalance of eco-systems. The organized and overwhelming destruction of Taiwan’s forests has been mainly driven by state apparatuses, from the Japanese colonial government’s erosive exportation to the KMT regime’s economic exploitation. Ke’s group even traveled to Southeast Asia to see how the rainforests there are rapidly vanishing, because since the 1990s Taiwan has become the second main importer of logs and timber from that region. Neo-liberalist globalization weaves Taiwan into the global web of capitalistic conspiracy and its catastrophic consequence. Ke adopts the songs of mourning and prayer of Taiwan’s Indigenous peoples as the organizing chapters of this documentary, which clearly shows his identification with and advocacy for indigenous ideas of harmony between man and nature.
|DVD source：||R.O.C. Ministry of Foreign Affairs.|
|Taiwan Academies, Ministry of Culture, R.O.C. please contact Embassies, Representative Offices of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, R.O.C.|
|Subtitle：||Chinese, English, French, Spanish|
|Producer：||HE Guo-Hua, KE Chin-Yuan, YU Li-Ping|
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2011 New York Festivals, International Television & Film Awards, Silver World Medal of Nature & Wildlife category