This documentary is part of a project of the Public TV program “Our Island.” Its crew covers the four main rivers of Taiwan, exploring their natural environments and cultural, social and economic significance. The Xiuguluan River begins in the Central Mountain Ranges, travels through eas...(Read more)
This documentary is part of a project of the Public TV program “Our Island.” Its crew covers the four main rivers of Taiwan, exploring their natural environments and cultural, social and economic significance. The Xiuguluan River begins in the Central Mountain Ranges, travels through eastern Taiwan, and ultimately flows into the Pacific Ocean. The river basins it runs across cover mountains, plains, wetlands and river deltas. However, generations of human settlement and development-centric modernization have stained and endangered the river. By showing the startling spectacle of the Xiuguluan River, this documentary calls for us to care more for our rivers.
The director largely adopts the standard Discovery Channel form of documentary, recording nature’s beauty with a narrative that flows just like the Xiuguluan River. While most Taiwanese approach the Xiuguluan River with a tourist’s eyes, the director doesn’t choose the most exciting part of the river to just float downstream, preferring rather to go upstream, against the current, tracing the river from mouth to source with a detailed investigation into even its bottom and banks. This is not merely a nature documentary, but also cultural and historical research, with spatial and geographic tracing serving as a metaphor for traveling back through time to the roots and trajectories of the people living on the river banks, particularly the two Aboriginal tribes. One tribe, the Bunun, hunted along the upstream Xiuguluan for centuries before being brutally driven down to the mid-stream plain by Japanese colonization. The other is the Amis, who still fish the downstream and river mouth, and whose way of life is suffering due to the pollution of the river, which has endangered traditional rituals and culture. The core concern of the film is that all living beings, humans and animals alike, should hear the whisper, then the roar of the Xiuguluan River.
|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, YU Li-Ping|
|CHEN Ching-Chong, KE Chin-Yuan|
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