From April to September every year, a special species of oval squid, nicknamed Silky Soft, migrates to the northeast coast of Taiwan to spawn. In recent years, their spawning grounds have been seriously polluted and damaged due to typhoons and human activities. Marine conservationist Kuo Tao-Ren lea...(Read more)
From April to September every year, a special species of oval squid, nicknamed Silky Soft, migrates to the northeast coast of Taiwan to spawn. In recent years, their spawning grounds have been seriously polluted and damaged due to typhoons and human activities. Marine conservationist Kuo Tao-Ren leads a volunteer-activist team to build the first-ever “bamboo-groove condominium-cum-delivery room,” a marine community, for the endangered squids. It proves to be an undertaking that integrates the work of restoration, research and education with tourism and creation of economic value. The team maintains and rebuilds the delivery rooms every year without support from the public sector. Such a miraculous feat attracts attention from the marine ecologists of Japan and the U.S., and who come to Taiwan to learn more about this unique approach.
While Taiwan is a relatively small island, and is thus surrounded on all sides by the ocean, its people have long been cut off from the sea due to political restrictions under the authoritarian regime of the Cold War period. After the lifting of martial law in 1987, social movements and subsequent democratization brought Taiwanese back to the coast, only to find that it polluted by industrialization and enclosed by capitalism. This documentary records how Taiwanese have returned to the coasts and taken actions to repair their harmonious connection with the seas. Director Ke Chin-Yuan, influenced by the 1980s leftist magazine The World in Which We Live (known as Ren Jian in Chinese), regards documentaries as a means for bearing witness to social reforms and speaking up for minorities, including not only people but also nature. Thus, Ke’s works are not simply eco-documentaries, but rather long-term field ethnographic and sociological investigations on celluloid—that is, part of social practice and activist involvement. Indeed, Ke Jin-Yuan winningly captures the team’s interactions with the inhabitants on the coast or under the sea, their efforts, success, and frustrations in reviving the squid population, as well as the astounding beauty of the ocean.
|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：||Sylvia FENG, KE Chin-Yuan|
|Music：||CHEN Jian-Nian, KUO Tao-Jen|
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2007 Montana CINE Film Festival, Best TV Picture, Honorable Mention for Human-Nature Interactions
2007 Green Film Festival in Seoul
2007 Green Wave 21st Century European Environment Festival