Tong-Pu primary school is located in a Bunun aboriginal village in central Taiwan. The Principal Bukut, who majors in P.E. rather than Music and understands no musical notation, organizes and directs a school choir made up of tribal kids. The kids in the tribe feel inferior and less confident compar...(Read more)
Tong-Pu primary school is located in a Bunun aboriginal village in central Taiwan. The Principal Bukut, who majors in P.E. rather than Music and understands no musical notation, organizes and directs a school choir made up of tribal kids. The kids in the tribe feel inferior and less confident compared to kids living in the cities, so Bukut helps them gain self-confidence. The kids can’t read music notes either, so they decide to freely switch parts at any time during singing. However, they win championships in national contests. Soon, this unconventional and distinguished choir is presented with an incredible opportunity, even though it is also a great challenge: now, they will record an album professionally as a team.
This documentary is about the inspiring and spirited journey of a group of indigenous kids who find their value and learn to grow up in a community through singing. In fact, they are even invited to sing at the ceremony for the National Day of Taiwan in 2013. Director Yang Chih-Lin not only records the choir’s singing, but also interviews the school principal and several kids of the choir. The principal expresses his ideas about education, and talks about his expectations for aboriginal children and community. The kids talk about other aspects of their life besides singing, including the dynamics between them and their families. In doing so, the film delicately explores issues of indigenous schooling, family function, tribal cultures and natural environment. One can say that this film presents a classic documentary narrative about aboriginals in Taiwan, which highlights the cultural practices (such as sports or singing) for which Taiwan’s indigenous people have long won recognition by the mainstream Han Chinese population, then moves on to address issues concerning the living conditions of aboriginals in Taiwan.
|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.|
|Theme：||Cultural Conflict、Youth、Indigenous Peoples|
|Subtitle：||Chinese, English,French, Spanish|
|Producer：||JANG Da-Jung, Kiwi LIAO|
Vox Nativa Association
2009 Kaohsiung Film Festival
2010 Golden Harvest Awards, Grand Prize
2010 Taiwan International Documentary Festival