Hsu Chin-Yu is a female political prisoner of the White Terror in the 1950s. Hsu was born during the period of Japanese colonial rule, received a Japanese education, and worked as a female laborer in factories after graduation. After the KMT retreated to Taiwan, Hsu worked in the Taipei Post Office....(Read more)
Hsu Chin-Yu is a female political prisoner of the White Terror in the 1950s. Hsu was born during the period of Japanese colonial rule, received a Japanese education, and worked as a female laborer in factories after graduation. After the KMT retreated to Taiwan, Hsu worked in the Taipei Post Office. Like most Taiwanese, Hsu spoke Japanese and had to attend mandatory Mandarin classes. Inspired by her Mandarin teacher Chi Mei-Chen, who was a modern woman and also a Chinese communist, Hsu led a protest demanding equal pay for equal work between mainlanders and islanders. Chi was arrested and executed by the KMT government, and Hsu was sentenced to 15 years of imprisonment.
Taiwan’s documentaries about political victims are mostly focused on male martyrs, even if the interviewees are political widows. A documentary made by a female director for a female political victim, thus, adds female/feminist perspectives to the history of the White Terror. The film show a woman Hsu, who talks about her life and belief and directly address the camera without regret. To emphasize Hsu’s spirit and ideal, director Tseng uses footages from animation and avant-garde stage, which are quite rare in Taiwan documentary filmmaking. Moreover, the camera follows Hsu’s steps, revisiting the places and locations in her life, mainly in Taipei, and shows a strong woman who in her 90s still protests against America’s post-911 imperialism. Tseng delineates the trajectory of Hsu’s life along with Taiwan’s political history in spatial terms. In Taiwan’s context, the White Terror is more complicated and sensitive than the 228 Incident but gains much less attention. This documentary film provides a concise overview on this forbidden and forgotten page in history.
|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、Gender、History、The City|
|Subtitle：||Chinese, English, French, Spanish|
|Producer：||TSENG Wen-Chen, YU Ching-Ping|
|LI Meng-Che, LIN Chien-Hsiang, WANG Ying-Shun|
|Editor：||CHEN Po-Wen, LIU Chun-Hsiu|
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2002 Golden Harvest Awards, Best Documentary Award
2002 Golden Horse Awards, Best Documentary Award
2002 Taiwan International Documentary Festival, Taiwan Award
2003 Fribourg International Festival
2003 Busan International Film Festival, "Wide Angle" Competition