Endangered black-faced spoonbills migrate north and south seasonally every year, crossing Taiwan, Japan, and the Republic of Korea before reaching an uninhabited island near Dalian in mainland China. It’s a grand tour of some 16,000 km. Every autumn, almost half of them fly back to Tainan, Taiwan, t...(Read more)
Endangered black-faced spoonbills migrate north and south seasonally every year, crossing Taiwan, Japan, and the Republic of Korea before reaching an uninhabited island near Dalian in mainland China. It’s a grand tour of some 16,000 km. Every autumn, almost half of them fly back to Tainan, Taiwan, to spend their winter. It’s said that Taiwan is their homeland, so birdwatchers and scholars around the world know Tainan well. This documentary tracks and travels along the black-faced spoonbills’ route, visits where they rest, and offers a study of their lives and the ecosystem they inhabit.
In order to trace black-faced spoonbills and capture their images along the route, an international team organized by Taiwan’s Public Television Service used full high-definition (HD) video, overcoming all the obstructions of geography, climate, tides and winds to ultimately reach the highest standard of documentary filmmaking. Beyond its advanced filmmaking techniques, the most noteworthy thing about this film is its extension from merely recording the birds and nature to a significant study of the socio-cultural geography the birds’ flight covers. The Black-faced spoonbills’ migration covers East Asia and crosses several nations whose modern histories intertwine with traumatic love-hate relationships, including Taiwan, mainland China, Japan and the Koreas. For example, the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, where the geopolitical tension is at its highest, is ironically a paradise for birds wanting to feed their young, as no humans are around to pose a threat. It seems that where there are black-faced spoonbills, there is no war. They are like the doves of Asia, symbols of peace, albeit with black faces. Similarly, they only live on coastal wetlands which are not polluted, showcasing the issue of “economic development” versus “environmental protection.” Finally, this documentary has a “glocal” vision: setting off from Taiwan to present a view of Asia and the world.
|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：||LIN Leh-Chyun, Selena TSAO|
|LIANG Chieh-Te, Dean JOHNSON|
Public Service & Marketing Dept, Public Television Service
2009 Tokyo International Film Festival
2009 Green Wave 21st Century European Environment Festival
2009 Asian TV Awards, Best Achievement in HD
2009 Green Screen International Wildlife Film Festival